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teen holding poster with mental health facts       Key findings from the survey include:

  • 81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S.
  • 55% of teens say they’ve experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression
  • 71% of those surveyed say school work makes them feel anxious or depressed
  • 65% of those surveyed say uncertainty about the future makes them feel anxious or depressed
  • Teens report feeling more pressured to hide their feelings rather than do drugs  Approximately 45% say that they try to ignore their feelings or spend more time alone when they are dealing with mental health issues
    • 67% feel pressure to keep feelings to themselves
    • 67% pretend to feel better to not worry anyone
    • 65% deal with my feelings on their own
  • Teens today report spending 75% of their waking hours (approx. 9 hours each day) on screens during COVID-19
  • 46% of teens reported social media as their most common outlet for learning about coping mechanisms for mental health and 43% follow or support someone on social media who openly talks about their mental health issues
  • 82% of teens are calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country
  • 79% of teens surveyed wish there was an inclusive environment or safe space for people in school to talk about mental health. 70% wish their school taught them more about mental health and coping mechanism

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ASK ♥ LISTEN ♥ SHARE HOPE ♥ TALK  ♥ ACT

♥   Ask a friend how  they are feeling

♥  Listen and let your friend  express their thoughts

♥  Share hope by not walking away.  Offer support and connect to HELP and resources

♥  Talk and tell.  Remind others at school, 4-H and  in community that is okay to not feel okay.

♥  Act in your community. Share this message with others

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Learn More  About  The Tools Below. Source: Mind The Elephant
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Autism SocietyIncreases public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocating for appropriate services and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services LocatorFind alcohol/drug abuse or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country.
National Eating Disorders AssociationNEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
National Alliance on Mental IllnessNAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs.
Active MindsEmpowers students to speak openly and change the perception about mental health on college campuses in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.
Bring Change 2 MindEnding the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness.
Mental Health AmericaNonprofit with over a century of advocacy, public education, and delivery of programs and services dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.
MentalHealth.govCreated by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
National Institute of Mental HealthThe mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
The Balanced Mind FoundationGuides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support, and stability they seek.
Families for Depression AwarenessSupports families through the treatment process and assists in navigating through the mental health system on behalf of loved ones.
International Mental Health Research OrganizationThe mission of IMHRO is to alleviate human suffering from mental illness by funding scientific research into causes, prevention and new treatments. The goal of research is to lead to cures, with a focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression.
International Bipolar FoundationNon profit organization whose mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research, to promote and enhance care and support services, and to erase associated stigma through public education.
Depression and Bipolar Support AllianceDBSA is a leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services.
Depression Recovery GroupsProvides live, online support groups for those who are living with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Online meetings are Confidential, Convenient, and Low Cost.
scrabblehope8 ways to foster hope in your daily life

Fostering hope and building resiliency are key to your mental and emotional health. Here are a few things you can do to build more hope into your daily life. Have you ever heard the phrase “the glass is always half full?” It’s a popular expression some people use to convey hopefulness and optimism. However, “looking at the glass half full” isn’t always easy. Feeling positive about the future (optimism) can be good for your mental and physical health.

Here are some things you can do to foster hope in your daily life:

  • Think positive: concentrating on the positive and looking for the good in a situation can help you feel better about things.
  • Look at the big picture: taking a step back from the small stuff to look at the big picture can help you see things in a new way. Putting things in perspective can help you shift your outlook on life.
  • Focus on the future: thinking ahead about how things will change — and how you’d like them to change — can remind you that things won’t be this way forever. Try to think of things you can do to shape your own future (e.g. set goals, identify priorities, etc.).
  • Be inspired: it may be helpful to listen to your favorite music, read an uplifting story or watch an inspirational movie. Learning about other people’s stories can show you that there can be positives in even the most difficult situations.
  • Celebrate your success: try to acknowledge your achievements and the fact that you’ve made it through every challenge up until now. Try not to dwell on negative self-talk and remember that it’s OK when things don’t work out as planned, too. (This can help you build resilience to tackle whatever the future holds for you.)
  • Be patient: everyone has good days and bad days. Try to remember that things can and will get better. It may just take a little time for things to get sorted out.
  • Get involved: lending a hand (e.g. volunteering your time) can help you spread the message of hope so others, including yourself, can nurture it.
  • Talk about it: reaching out to a parent/caregiver, friend or other important person in your life may help you find sources of hope. If you’re struggling to find hope in your daily life, you can always call  XXX  counselor at 1-xxxxxx.

Fostering hope is essential for your mental and emotional well-being. Remember that hope is all around and you can get through what ever is going on in your life. Try to think positive, look at the big picture and get help when you need it.

 

How to calm down when you’re stressed

Are you stressed out? These mindfulness tips can help you calm down right now.

If you’re stressed about school, work, relationships or anything else that’s going on in your life, you’re not alone. You may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious or upset about a problem — or even more than one. Whatever’s going on for you, it’s comforting to know there are things you can do to help yourself calm down. Here are some positive coping strategies you can use in the moment:

  • Ground yourself: grounding techniques can help you regain control of your mind and body. Try using your senses to feel more connected to your current environment. Focus on what you can see, touch, hear, taste and smell.
  • Breathe deepbreathing exercises can help your body relax and your mind focus on one thing at a time. Try taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Use your imagination: sit or lie down in a safe, comfortable spot and use your mind to go somewhere else. Close your eyes and imagine you’re in a favorite place, or make up a game to play (like counting sheep) to distract yourself.
  • Open up: when you’re upset, you may want to spend time on your own. If you can, try to hang out with friends or family, too. Sometimes, talking about a problem with someone you trust can help you start feeling better.
  • Take a break: be kind to yourself and do something else for a while. You could play video games, watch a movie, listen to music, spend time with a pet, take a warm bath or meditate. Taking time out can help you move your mind off whatever is causing you stress.
  • Express yourself: you can try painting, writing, sculpting, singing, dancing or doing something else that helps you get your feelings out. Having an outlet to express yourself — and concentrate on a project — can help you feel some relief.
  • Have fun: look for something that makes you smile (e.g. a funny video, picture of friends/family, etc.) and take a few minutes to enjoy it. Laughing can help you unwind and focus on something fun.
  • Work it out: when you exercise, your body releases chemicals that can make you feel good (called endorphins). You could try going for a walk/run, playing a sport or doing yoga to channel your energy into something positive. You could always ask a friend to work out with you!
  • Take a nap: taking a few minutes to rest your mind and body can help you cope with stress. Sleep can also give your brain a chance to process and reset, making it a little easier to manage what’s on your mind.
  • Get support: if you’re struggling, it’s important to get support. Find someone you can talk to right away, such as a friend, parent/caregiver or teacher. Kids Help Phone’s counselors are only a phone call away and available 24/7 at 1-800-xxxxxx. They can help you calm down, even if you’re really upset.

If you’re stressed out, remember there are always things you can do to feel better. When things get rough, taking a deep breath, giving your mind a break and getting support can help you calm down in the moment.

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Friendships are an important part of life. Friends add enjoyment to our lives and provide comfort in times of need. But living with a mental health condition can make finding friends a little more difficult. Here are some ideas on what to do when you meet others.

How To Meet New People

Meeting new people can be nerve-wrecking, and a mental health condition can make you more insecure and less confident. 

Being in groups of people may be stressful, and symptoms of some mental health conditions can have physical symptoms that are sometimes difficult to control, or you simply may not feel like going out and being around others. 

While it may be difficult, putting yourself in situations to meet others can provide you with not only a group of people to hang out with but also a good support network if you need it. 

A good place to start is just by idenityfing what you enjoy. It doesn't matter whether it's sports, comics, theatre, movies or hiking, because other people will enjoy it as well. Consider joining an intramural sports team, art class, book club or volunteer. Most communities and neighborhoods have lots of activities to take advantage of. If you’re looking to meet people with a particular interest, see if there are Meetup groups near you.

You can also attend peer support groups to meet people who have experienced similar things and are in the same stage of life as you. This support can provide you with insights and tips for relationships of your own. Reach out to out your local NAMI Affiliate to learn more about support groups in your area.


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Should You Tell Your Friends About Your Condition?

It’s ultimately up to you to decide to tell. Some people will benefit from telling many friends. Others may benefit by telling a couple of close friends and waiting to tell others. You are an expert on your own mental illness and can decide for yourself.

If you're stressed about whether to tell other people, you might feel better if you write down a list of pros and cons. Maybe some people won't understand. But maybe you can also see benefits to telling the people who will understand. If you're afraid, the list of pros can remind you of the rewards of overcoming your fear. Learn more about disclosing to others.

Maintaining Friendships

Some friendships happen naturally and some need a little more effort. It is helpful to take the initiative when it comes to maintaining your friendships. If you want to start a friendship, don’t wait for the other person to reach out to you. Post a message on Facebook, call them to share a story about something you have previously talked about or send a quick text message about something you both enjoy doing.

Remember that having good friends means being a good friend. Listen to your friends when they talk about what is going on in their life and offer advice the best you can. Keep their secrets and be a trustworthy confidant.

If you decide to tell your friend about your mental health condition, don’t be frustrated if they do not understand right away. Answer any questions they might have and remember that they are just trying to comprehend your experience. If they still are unable to handle it or pull away from you, be thankful for your time with them and consider it a learning experience.

Making friends isn’t always easy. Test the waters by acting slowly and don’t be discouraged if every person you meet doesn’t turn out to be a best friend. Every friendship, whether short or lifelong, teaches us something and helps to shape the person we become.

 

Youth mental health resources:

● You Matter

● Youth Suicide Prevention

● The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+)

● National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

● National Institute of Mental Health: Child and Adolescent Mental Health

● NDSU References and Resources for Addressing Youth Issues Publication

Apps for youth to promote mental health:

● Calm: Mindfulness, meditation, breathing exercises

● Happify: Good-mood training program

● Daylio: Mood tracker and journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Young people are facing a whole new world and set of challenges today and it’s our job to listen and respond,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4‑H Council. “This survey provides a vital glimpse into the uncertainties many teens are feeling every day. In 4‑H, we aim to empower teens with resources and guidance enabling youth to tackle life’s challenges today and become leaders in their lives, careers and communities as they grow into responsible adulthood.”

More than half of the teens surveyed shared that they feel pressure to hide their feelings, and they want that to change. An overwhelming majority of teens are calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health and wish for schools to teach more on the issue.

“During these months of being away from my 4‑H club and friends, I’ve definitely felt disconnected,” said Micah Palacios, a 4‑H teen from Texas who developed a mental health program in her community. “Coronavirus has been overwhelming and being on social media can be too much for me at times. It’s been a lot to deal with. That said, my work on mental health awareness through 4‑H has given me tools to address these concerns in healthy ways for me and for others in my community. I hope to continue teaching and spreading mental health awareness so everyone can find productive ways to cope.”

With programs focused on issues such as substance abuse prevention and mental health, 4 H, powered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation, aims to help young people build a firm foundation of social-emotional health. By understanding how to take care of their minds and inner being, 4‑H helps young people develop good decision-making and strong interpersonal skills which is key to holistic well-being.

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In 2019, the World Health Organization announced suicide as the third leading cause of death in teens 15 to 19. Their findings determined that the “consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.” Today, as the country grapples with a global pandemic, economic downturn, and recent conversations on racial injustice, teens are being met with added stressors and seeking out new ways to cope.

The survey, which polled over 1,500 youth between the ages of 13-19 nationwide, was commissioned by National 4‑H Council and conducted by The Harris Poll to gain a deeper understanding of the state of teen mental health and to gather youth perspectives on the issue as 4‑H aims to empower young people with the resources and support to address their health and well-being head on

 

More than half of the teens surveyed shared that they feel pressure to hide their feelings, and they want that to change. An overwhelming majority of teens are calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health and wish for schools to teach more on the issue. 

 

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S.
  • 55% of teens say they’ve experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression
  • 71% of those surveyed say school work makes them feel anxious or depressed
  • 65% of those surveyed say uncertainty about the future makes them feel anxious or depressed
  • Teens report feeling more pressured to hide their feelings rather than do drugs
    • 67% feel pressure to keep feelings to themselves
    • 67% pretend to feel better to not worry anyone
    • 65% deal with my feelings on their own
  • Approximately 45% say that they try to ignore their feelings or spend more time alone when they are dealing with mental health issues
  • Teens today report spending 75% of their waking hours (approx. 9 hours each day) on screens during COVID-19
  • 46% of teens reported social media as their most common outlet for learning about coping mechanisms for mental health and 43% follow or support someone on social media who openly talks about their mental health issues
  • 82% of teens are calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country
  • 79% of teens surveyed wish there was an inclusive environment or safe space for people in school to talk about mental health. 70% wish their school taught them more about mental health and coping mechanisms

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Digital detox: How to unplug and recharge

What is a digital detox? A digital detox is when you stop using your phone, computer, TV, gaming console and other technology devices for a set amount of time.

Why detox? Switching off from your screens has many physical and mental health benefits:

  • improved relationships with friends and family
  • better sleep habits
  • better eating habits
  • increased focus at school or work
  • boosted self-esteem
  • heightened independence
  • reduced stress and anxiety

How to detox:  When you disconnect from technology, you’ll be able to focus more on the things you may not have the time or energy to do otherwise. Here are a few tips for making your digital detox work:Pick a time: decide on how long you’ll be away from your devices. You could try a day or week at a time.

  • Give notice: let your friends, family and followers know you’ll be taking a break from your devices. It may be a good idea to provide them with a way to reach you in case of emergency.
  • Plan ahead: it’s a good idea to think ahead to how you’ll keep yourself busy during your digital detox. Here are some ideas:
    • spend quality time with family
    • hang out with friends
    • read a book
    • enjoy nature
    • pick up a new hobby or sport
    • catch up on schoolwork
    • write in a journal
    • try something creative like singing, dancing or painting
    • volunteer your time
    • take a nap
    • experiment with a new workout routine
  • Shut down: when you’re ready to start your digital detox, turn off your devices and put them in a safe place where they’ll be out of sight, out of mind.
  • Stick with it: the fear of missing out can be strong, but it’s important to stick to your goal. You’ll still be able to catch up with family and friends (and build more personal connections along the way).
  • Get support: it may be helpful to try a digital detox with a friend or relative so you have someone to go through the experience with. (You can help keep each other on track, too.)

Remember:  If you can’t completely log off your devices, there are other things you can do to reduce your reliance on technology. You can limit the amount of time per day you spend looking at the screen, turn off email/push notifications or reserve your devices for weekend/emergency use only.

Have you ever thought about how the online world affects us and why we should take a digital detox? Social media has become the number one activity on the internet. People are becoming more addicted to social media causing mental and physical issues. Taking a break from social media can help improve anybody’s life.

A digital detox is a period when an individual becomes disconnected from social or online media. This can include reducing the amount of time spent on social media or disconnecting completely.

FACTS FOR FAMILIES: Impulse control and your child

Nearly all U.S. teens (95%) say they have access to a smartphone – and 45% say they are “almost constantly” on the internet. The vast majority of cellphone-using teens say their phone is a way to just pass time, with nine-in-ten saying they often or sometimes use it this way, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 13- to 17-year-olds conducted in 2018. Similarly large shares of teen cellphone users say they at least sometimes use their phone to connect with other people (84%) or learn new things (83%).  Teen boys and girls are about equally likely to say they often or sometimes use their devices to connect with other people (85% vs. 83%, respectively), just pass the time (both 90%) or learn new things (79% vs. 87%).  Teens may become addicted to social media due  to the fact that they have more knowledge and are more familiar with smartphones.  REWORD

Becoming addicted to social media sites and applications can impact a person’s self-esteem, time management, and work ethic. Being on social media constantly can influence a person to compare their life with another person. Instead of “looking at the glass half full,” people can start to look at the glass “half empty.” Because they are seeing someone else having “more” or “better” than them constantly from social media.

Spending too much time on social media can also impact self-image by comparing to others they see online. They may have a few people on their social media that are thinner, prettier, or more fit and start to self-critique themselves.

Excessive social media presence can also cause anxiety, depression, weight gain, unhealthy eating, and lack of exercise, which can impact one’s self-image. The online world can affect a person’s time management and work ethic. Have you ever thought, “I am going to check Facebook real fast before I go to bed,” and then an hour later, you are finally going to bed? Studies have shown 1 out of 8 people check social media apps as the last thing they do before they go to bed, keeping it within arm’s reach while they sleep, and the first thing when they wake up. It is okay to do this if it is not interfering with one’s daily function and schedule. People have woken up tired and have even been late to work because of spending too much time on social media.

Things to remember when on social media:

• You decide on your happiness.

• You know yourself best, so do what you think you should instead of letting others influence your thoughts.

• Someone else’s life may look perfect but may not always be that way in real life. It may just be a “show.”

• Limit your time – set a specific time frame for how long you want to spend time there.

How do we know when to take a digital detox?  If a person finds themselves becoming less happy/content with themselves or their life, depressed, anxious, or always tired, they should take a break, even if it is just for a day or a week. A digital detox does not have to be a specific time frame. It can be as long or short as the person wants it to be.

Studies have shown spending less time online can help one to have better self-esteem and body-image, more optimistic, happier, and healthier. Spending less time online can help one have more peace of mind and balance

 

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 About this focus area

 Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to reach their own potential and make positive contributions to their community.

 Tip sheets

 Ten tip sheets with important and usable information related to this focus area are available for downloading and printing. Five tip sheets are geared towards volunteer leaders and five are geared towards youth members.

 FOR MEMBERS

 FOR LEADERS

 

Activity guide

 The activity guide for this focus area will assist volunteer leaders in using these resources by offering recommendations on how to tie their topics into club meetings and create learning opportunities for members.

 Read the activity guide

 Webinar

4-H Canada hosted an online webinar in May 2019 to assist leaders in using the resources and provide an opportunity to ask questions.

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 Resource development

 4-H  has partnered with xxxx to develop these mental health resources. See the list of sources used to build these resources.

xx 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counseling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and Spainish. Learn more and access more resources at Kxxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 FACTS FOR FAMILIES: Explaining PTSD to your child

 

 

 

 


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mental illness is treatable and suicide is preventable

Even so, many suffer in silence. Active Minds is changing that.

2 LEADING CAUSE

of death among young adults is suicide

 

280 PEOPLE

decide not to go through with a suicide attempt for every person who dies by suicide

 

67% OF YOUNG ADULTS

first tell a friend they are feeling suicidal before telling anyone else

 

1 IN 5 ADULTS

have a diagnosable mental illness

 

50% OF US

will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime

https://www.activeminds.org/about-mental-health/statistics/ 

 

 

never be afraid to ask for help

 

What is counseling?

Some people get a little weirded out when they hear the word “counseling.” That’s OK. Basically, counseling is about talking to someone who knows a lot about many different issues that young people face. We think of counseling as a conversation with someone whom you can trust, who won’t judge you, and who wants to help.

Here are 12 signs you might notice in yourself or a friend that are good reasons to reach out and talk with someone. These signs of mental illness are not always universal. Some people may show behavioral changes, while others show physical symptoms. Men and women can also exhibit signs of depression differently. However, if you recognize any of these signs for more than several days in yourself, a friend, or family member, seeking help should always be your first step so you can get them the care they need. 

  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, depressed mood, poor self-esteem, or guilt.                                             
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and activities you used to do. 
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns. Are you sleeping all the time or having trouble falling asleep? Are you gaining weight or never hungry.

 

  • Anger, rage, or craving revenge. Are you overreacting to criticism?                                                                              
  • Feeling tired or exhausted all of the time                                                                                                                       
  • Trouble concentrating, thinking, remembering, or making decisions. Are you suddenly struggling in school? Are your grades dropping?                                                                                                                                         
  • Restless, irritable, agitated, or anxious movements or behaviors                                                                                    
  • Regular crying                                                                                                                                                      
  • Neglect of personal care. Have you stopped caring about your appearance or stopped keeping up with your personal hygiene?                                                                                                                                                            
  • Reckless or impulsive behaviors. Are you drinking or using drugs excessively? Are you behaving unsafely in other ways?                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems, or chronic pain that do not respond to routine treatment.                                                                                                                                                        
  • Thoughts about death or suicide

 

signs of mental illness

1. Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, depressed mood, poor self-esteem, or  guilt.                                                                                                                                        .

 

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Withdrawal from friends, family, and activities you used to do.

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Changes in eating or sleeping patterns. Are you sleeping all the time or having trouble falling asleep? Are you gaining weight or never hungry

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Anger, rage, or craving revenge. Are you overreacting to criticism?

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Feeling tired or exhausted all of the time

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Trouble concentrating, thinking, remembering, or making decisions. Are you suddenly struggling in school? Are your grades dropping?

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Restless, irritable, agitated, or anxious movements or behaviors

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Regular crying

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Neglect of personal care. Have you stopped caring about your appearance or stopped keeping up with your personal hygiene?

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Reckless or impulsive behaviors. Are you drinking or using drugs excessively? Are you behaving unsafely in other ways?

11.

Persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems, or chronic pain that do not respond to routine treatment

 

12.

Thoughts about death or suicide

 

 suicide can be prevented

 

Most people who are suicidal show warning signs. Often those
close to them are unaware of the significance of these signals
or are unsure of what to do about them. There is no foolproof
way to know for sure that a friend or family member is thinking
about hurting themselves, but by recognizing warning signs and
taking action, you can help.
While the topic of suicide may be triggering or uncomfortable for
some, research shows that asking if someone is suicidal
does not incite or increase thoughts of suicide.
 Having the conversation can be uncomfortable, but it could also save a life.

these warning signs of suicide demand IMMEDIATE attention

  • Threats to hurt oneself, or talking about wanting to hurt oneself
  • Talking or writing about suicide or death, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Obtaining or looking for ways to hurt oneself by seeking access to means of suicide
  • Giving away prized possessions and other personal things

what to do

IF YOU NOTICE THESE SIGNS IN YOURSELF OR A FRIEND, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CALL 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE.

Go to an emergency room or mental health walk-in clinic. Make sure you are not alone until professional help arrives, and be sure that any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt are removed.

 

bout the helplines

CRISIS TEXT LINE

Text “Brave” to 741-741

  • Free 24/7 support for anyone in crisis
  • Text from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A real-life human being will receive the text and respond, all from a secure online platform. This trained, volunteer, crisis counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Free 24/7 support for anyone in suicidal crisis
  • Call from anywhere in the United States. You will be routed to the closest crisis center in your area. Call for yourself or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.
  • Never ignore or underestimate remarks about suicide. If you think your friend is in immediate danger, do not leave them alone— stay there and call 911 or the lifeline.

DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE

Call 1-800-985-5990

Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

  • Free 24/7 crisis counseling and support for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters
  • Call for yourself or on behalf of someone else from anywhere in the United States to be connected to a trained counselor. Support is available in Spanish and more than 100 other languages. The service is free and confidential and provided by SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
  • The helpline is for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, incidents of mass violence, infectious disease outbreaks, incidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events.

when to use the helplines and what to expect

Use the helplines as soon as you feel you or a friend are in crisis. Trauma, depression, substance abuse, difficulties with family and relationships, and high stress are all valid reasons to reach out. You should never feel your problem is too small or insignificant.

You will never be judged for the problems you are dealing with. The crisis counselor’s goal is to help you make healthy decisions and feel safe. You will be asked some questions about your feelings, social situation, safety, and any thoughts of suicide that you or the person you are calling about might be having. Answering truthfully will help the crisis counselor connect you to the resources you need.

From our blog:

other helplines

NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Free, confidential, 24/7. Chat option available at rainn.org.

TREVOR PROJECT

1-866-488-7386 

Free, confidential, 24/7. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. To view other services info (like text and chat options) and times of availability, visit thetrevorproject.org. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/

NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS ASSOCIATION HELPLINE

1-800-931-2237

Free, confidential. Chat option available at nedawareness.org.



 

 

Text “Brave” to 741-741 to the Crisis Text Line or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Both provide free 24/7 support.

 

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Resources To Share

Teaching Mental Health Literacy (adult resource)

Understanding Strses (elementary)

 YOURTHOUGHTSMATTER

Download  Project Book Your Thoughts Matter

Kids Help Phone (Lots of resource.  Note: Phone number is  for  Canada)