The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that about 1 in 5 adults (43.8 million) in the United States experiences a mental health condition in a given year, and more than 44,000 die by suicide. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control explored suicide rates by occupation and found that construction workers had the 2nd highest risk for suicide (53.3 per 100,000).
Your senior year of high school is coming to an end. After four years of hard work, classes, exams, and spending time with your friends and family, everything is about to change. Some of you may be counting the days until you get a fresh start, and others may be starting to feel a bit nervous about this period of transition. Regardless of how you’re feeling right now, expect that your feelings won’t stay static. Change can bring on feelings of stress, anxiety, and even depression, so it’s important to know how to recognize the warning signs for yourself and your friends, and to reach out for support when you need it.
Today is Children’s Mental Health Day, an important time to shed light on a critical problem facing youth in the United States. According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS), nearly one third of high school aged students (29.9%) expressed feeling so sad and/or hopeless for 14 consecutive days in the past year, that they stopped partaking in their usual activities. More than 23% seriously considered taking their own life. Educating the public about the warning signs and symptoms of common mood and anxiety disorders and suicide in youth can empower individuals to take what could be life-changing action. Below we have outlined three ways you can take action to help your own children, as well as the youth in your community.
Many of those who struggle with a substance use disorder or addiction, carry with them excess baggage. The baggage includes their use of course and all the weight that brings with it. Imagine your biggest piece of luggage stuffed to the brim adding up to a full combat load of 80+ pounds. Well… crap. The wheel just broke off your luggage and you can no longer string it along behind you with the handle. You now have to carry it.
If you work with youth or are a parent of an adolescent, you have likely heard about the new, Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why.” The popular series, based on a book with the same name, is making waves in the suicide prevention community because, while it addresses the important topic of youth suicide, it also includes some messaging and potentially damaging scenes that prevention experts are warning about.
Recovery from alcohol and substance use is a long process, and the isolation of the winter months can be challenging. Now that Spring is here, and with the longer, sunny days, comes the outdoor activities, and a way to keep active as part of recovery. Here are some ways exploring the outdoors can benefit recovery.