Talk Mental Health

It’s Okay to Not be Okay

Did you know that more than 50% of people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime? 

Talking about mental health normalizes the idea that it’s okay to not be okay.  

Encourage your loved ones to share how they’re feeling and remind them that there’s always help if they need it.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is here for your family 24/7, offering free and confidential support to anyone going through a tough time, whether it’s a mental health struggle, a substance use crisis, or thoughts of suicide.

Please dial 911 for immediate help in emergencies requiring law enforcement, fire, or medical services.

Break the Stigma 

49.5% of adolescents have had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.  

For years, there’s been negative stigma surrounding mental illness. But the truth is many people live with a mental health disorder (oftentimes undiagnosed), including teenagers. 

One of the best ways to fight the mental health stigma is to normalize it by talking about it often. You can decide when to have conversations with your kids, but the sooner you do it, the easier it is for them to break the stigma so they can be mentally healthy. 

See four tips to help fight the stigma today. 

Prevent Suicide Among Teens

A teen dies by suicide in our country every hour and a half, and for every death, there are 15-25x as many attempts. These numbers are shockingly high, especially because suicide is preventable and there is treatment available to help reduce suicidal thoughts and behavior. 

Anyone can be at risk for suicide: your neighbor who always says “hi”, a classmate who gets all A’s, a dedicated member of your church, someone who posts happy photos on Instagram, and maybe even your teen. 

One of the best ways to prevent suicide is to know the warning signs. 

Find Hope After Trauma

Trauma is the lasting emotional response that results from living through a distressing event. This varies from person to person because an event may be more traumatic for some and not at all for others.

Traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, or disrupted attachment; a serious accident; being the victim of or witnessing violence; sudden unexpected loss; or living through a natural disaster or war can impact someone at any point in their life.

Find hope after trauma by hearing stories from survivors and learning more from experts.

Tips, Tools & Resources

Schools play a critical role in promoting students’ health and development by creating environments where all students feel that they are cared for, supported, and belong.

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