Even when it comes to taking care of your mental health, it turns out; there’s an app for that. Developers have created a plethora of apps that can help you deal with stress, manage your symptoms, reframe your perspective and help you live a happier, mentally healthier life.
This summer, people have been discussing mental health with each other thanks to several shows, movies, and even a musical, that follow characters’ struggles with mental health disorders. While most mental health professionals are glad these shows are prompting conversations, many worry that the messages audiences take away will be more hurtful than helpful.
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.
Social media has become an integral part of our lives. We use it to share photos and funny stories, talk about our political viewpoints and catch up with friends. It can also be a place where we feel comfortable talking about our struggles or our pain. It may be easier to write about how we feel behind a screen than sharing it with someone in person. When we’re struggling, we may isolate ourselves and social media becomes one of our only connections to others.
As parents, we enjoy sitting on the sideline, cheering our young athletes on as they run up and down the field, hurdle over obstacles, and barrel around the track. We understand that our kids will fall down, scrape their knees, and sprain an ankle or two; it’s all part of the game. We’re prepared to help them overcome these setbacks and get back onto the field, but what if the obstacle isn’t a physical one?
It’s common to see families gathering at local fields, gyms, or tracks to watch and support their children while they play sports each week. Sports have countless physical benefits, but they also provide a great setting for youth to foster important life skills and values including leadership, dedication, problem solving, and personal growth. Many may be unaware that participating in sports also has immense mental health benefits.