With the rise of school shootings and suicides, we wanted to take a serious Mental Health Moment with you.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the overall suicide rate has increased in more than half of US states and the overall rise nationwide is about 25%. Nearly 45,000 Americans took their own life in 2016 alone.
Mental health determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being and it affects how we feel, act, and think. From childhood to adulthood, mood and behavior are important at every stage of our life.
Factors that affect your mental health are life experiences (trauma or abuse), biological (genes or brain chemistry), and family history.
Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be a warning sign of a problem:
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
Positive mental health allows people to:
- Realize their full potential
- Cope with the stresses of life
- Work productively
- Make meaningful contributions to their communities
Simply taking thirty minutes out of your day to care for yourself and put your needs first is beneficial to your health.
Getting professional help if you need it
- Connecting with others
- Staying positive
- Getting physically active
- Helping others
- Getting enough sleep
- Developing coping skills
Get Immediate Help
People often don’t get the mental health services they need because they don’t know where to start.
Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to connect you with the right mental health services.
If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, use these resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat
If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline . Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
National Veterans Crisis Line, 1‑800‑273‑8255 Press 1
Current and former service members may face different health issues than the general public and may be at risk for mental health problems.
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727)
Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Emergency Medical Services—911
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.
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Your MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!!!