The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy and cheer, but when you find yourself celebrating alone, it might seem a little sad and lonely. Whether you’re an empty nester, a single mother or father, or someone grieving a recent loss, the holiday season can be tough when you’re alone.
Knowing a few helpful ways to combat seasonal holiday loneliness can help you feel better around the holidays. If your loneliness progresses to depression or thoughts of self-harm though, please seek immediate help . Remember that you are valuable, you are... Continue reading →
Most parents find it hard enough to talk to their teens about any topic, even when it’s regarding something as conversational as how they slept or what they had for lunch. So naturally, talking to teens about something as serious as depression or suicide can be daunting.
However, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among the ages of 10- to 24-year olds, and with so many people experiencing the same struggles, it’s time we started having conversations that will help with teen suicide prevention. Having open... Continue reading →
The recent rash of celebrity suicides has been the catalyst for many conversations about suicide awareness and suicide prevention. However, some of these conversations are not as helpful as they could be.
In this article, we offer some resources and advice about how to get the right help for someone who is suicidal.
Why Is Suicide Awareness and Education Important?
When celebrities commit suicide, comparisons are often made to the stereotype of the tortured artist. What is often ignored is that suicide is not romantic. It’s brutal, painful, and most importantly, preventable.
In 2016, the... Continue reading →
Deaths caused by drug overdose have been continually increasing over the past several decades, roughly two-thirds of these due to opioid use.
As of 2017, an average of 91 people died each day due to specifically opioid overdose.
How did we get here?
And what can we do to fight against this opioid crisis that is shaking our country?
What is the Opioid Epidemic?
Many adults may not see it this way, but teens have very stressful lives.
Parents and other adults often don't recognize the emotional and mental challenges teenagers face on a daily basis.
From trauma and bullying to expectations and responsibilities, teens have to deal with stress coming at them from all angles.
To top it off, teens aren't quite adults yet. They haven't learned how to properly manage negative emotions, high-pressure situations, and responsibilities. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find an adult who always manages their stress in a healthy way.
That's why Children'... Continue reading →
When a traumatic event happens like the recent Parkland shooting, communities often come together and jump into action.
Regardless of opinions on hot issues, these actions often have one thing in common: they focus on preventing another traumatic event from happening.
This, of course, is a very valid response. However, it doesn't do much for the current victims who may face childhood PTSD and adolescent PTSD.
No matter what kind of changes take place in the future, these kids still have to struggle through life after experiencing a traumatic event – an event so horrible that it's... Continue reading →
Teens are halfway between childhood and adulthood – they are still finding themselves and learning to live in their own skin.
As a result, it is common for teens to exhibit undesirable behaviors, such as lashing out, isolating, or making risky decisions.
However, when does undesirable teen behavior start to indicate mental health issues in a teenager?
It is not always easy to tell.
Mental illness during adolescence is remarkably common, and adolescence is often the time when symptoms of anxiety, depression... Continue reading →
The way people address crisis situations is transforming. This is good news for everyone.
First responders like police, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters traditionally approach emergency situations at a physical level.
Mental health isn't something that comes up until the individual becomes a patient or inmate – if it's addressed at all.
Mental health first aid takes a proactive approach by addressing the mental health crisis as it's happening instead of reacting to it later.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
It's a well-established scientific fact that the body desperately needs sleep to facilitate growth and healing, and getting the correct amount of sleep per night is incredibly important for maintaining optimal mental health.
As your child grows into their adolescence and exhibits all the “normal” and not so normal teenage behaviors, their developing bodies begin to experience changes, not only physically but also emotionally. Alongside those changes comes an increased amount of responsibility and more difficult challenges at school and at home. The result of these combined pressures often makes it difficult for some teens to fall... Continue reading →
Nearly everyone in the world has had to deal with a situation involving a bully even if they haven’t been personally targeted. Bullies aren’t always tall and strong but their overbearing demeanor can be jarring, making the most confident of people instantly feel small and defenseless. National Bullying Prevention Month is about acting as well as educating the public about ways they can prevent bullying from negatively impacting their lives.
Though bullying usually starts in childhood, it can be a problem in professional and even social settings with adults. The best way to stop bullying is to speak up and bring it to the attention... Continue reading →