The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention created a webpage for Nationa Suicide Prevention Week which is September 10-16, 2017. It contains helpful resources, educational articles and a way to get involved with suicide prevention events.
Mental health issues are on the rise on college campuses across the country. Better and accessible screening as well as earlier diagnosis of mental health conditions are critical to getting quality treatment and improving one's quality of life. This has allowed more students with mental health conditions to go on to college and be successful.
It is easy for parents to identify their child's physical needs: nutritious food, warm clothes when it's cold, bedtime at a reasonable hour. However, a child's mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills. Additionally, good friends and encouraging words from adults are all important for helping children develop self confidence, high self-esteem, and a healthy emotional outlook on life.
Research indicates that the onset of half of all cases of mental illness develop by the age of 13 and three-quarters develop by the age of 24. The young adult years present challenges that can give rise to underlying signs and symptoms of mental illness. The Mental Health Channel created various video documentaries of young adults successfully dealing with mental health issues.
We check the oil in our car. We check our blood pressure. Do we check in with ourselves when we suspect we are having a problem with alcohol? Take 10 minutes to do a confidential screening. It could be the most important 10 minutes of your life. Click here to take the assessment.
For information on counseling for alcohol abuse, call the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse (281-207-2400). If you think you might be struggling with alcohol, make the phone call, ask for help. You will be happy you did.
The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into drug dependence or alcoholism. As a result, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse early. If you are worried about your own drug or alcohol use, or that of a friend or family member, here are some of the warning signs to look for:
The following symptoms are associated with alcohol use disorder:
If only is a phrase we hear too often in mental health. If only we knew what was going on. If only they knew they weren't alone. If only we had recognized the signs. If only we had access to treatment. If only. Unfortunately, the conversation tends to be short and after tragedy has already struck suicides, homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration.
Fortunately, we know how to act early. Studies around the country prove over and over again that we are able to prevent or mitigate the effects of mental illness and allow individuals to live fulfilling, productive lives in the community. From the influence of genetics and prenatal health all the way into early adulthood, we are learning more about the critical points in brain development and life experiences that increase the risk for or provide protection against the development of mental health disorders.
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Most of us have heard about physical first aid classes. We know that it will teach us how to recognize someone experiencing a medical problem and how to administer help until the professionals arrive on the scene.
Mental Health First Aid is based on the exact same principles. It teaches people how to identify and respond to someone living with a mental illness or substance abuse problem. The course includes:
To date, over 775,000 people have become Mental Health First Aid. It is being utilized in faith based communities, school and universities, the workplace, hospitals and law enforcement departments to name a few. Contact us if you would like to arrange a Mental Health First Aid course for your organization.
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Your mental and emotional health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from lifeâ€™s setbacks and hardships. Whether youâ€™re looking to cope with a specific mental health problem, better deal with unpleasant emotions, or simply want to feel more hopeful, energetic, and balanced, there are plenty of things you can do to take control of your mental health.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation. Suicide prevention efforts seek to:
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has created 8 episodes of Join the Voices for Recovery. This series features a panel of nationally recognized experts in the field of recovery and resilience.
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Just as CPR helps you assist someone having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Click here to find a Mental Health First Aid course close to you.
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Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. The symptoms of PMDD are more severe than those seen with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
PMS refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when, or shortly after, her period begins.
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When someone you care about tells you they've been sexually assaulted or abused, it can be a lot to handle. A supportive reaction makes all of the difference, but that doesn't mean it comes easy. Encouraging words and phrases can avoid judgement and show support for the survivor. Consider these phrases:
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In 2014, 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 71.0 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.9 percent reported that they drank in the past month
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Young adult dating violence is a big problem, affecting youth in every community across the nation. Learn the facts from the dating abuse statistics provided by http://loveisrespect.org
Could violence be a part of your teen's social life or dating relationships? The answer may surprise you. While we might think that relationship violence is something that could never affect the lives of our children, the truth is that nearly a third of girls surveyed said they know at least one student at school who has been physically abused by a person they were dating.1 The good news is that there is a lot we as parents can do to step in and help. All it takes is a little time, focus and a commitment to reach out, listen and talk to our teens.
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What Are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. They are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person's emotional and physical health. People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.
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Take 3 minutes to complete the confidential online screening for eating disorders. Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening illnesses and early detection of the signs & symptoms of disordered eating and eating disorders increases a person's chance for successful recovery. This tool is not diagnostic, but can help to determine if it is time to seek professional help.
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness.
This popular article has been republished many times in online magazines. It's one of my favorites because the advice is not only relevant for the holidays, but for any family gathering. Coming home for the holidays is something that many adults look forward to every year. Seeing family and friends evokes childhood memories and provides inspiration for good times in a homey atmosphere.
Christmas is around the corner and college students are coming home for the winter break. It is a great opportunity to check in with your son or daughter and see how they are holding up to the demands of going to college.
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