Talk to each other… it may save a life…
“Starting the Conversation” is an excellent new guide helping students (and parents) to learn about mental health conditions and signs that need serious attention—and how to talk about them. One in five students will experience a mental health condition in college.
The guide explains why it is so important to have conversations and create awareness—including among students and their parents.
“Conversations allow you to plan for the unexpected; to know what to do if you develop emotional distress, a mental health condition or if an existing condition worsens. Talking about mental health is important even if you don’t experience a mental health condition because a friend may need help. Students often prefer to confide in a friend before confiding in anyone else—or you may notice that a peer is struggling and you may be able to assist. By learning more, you’ll be better equipped to know what to do if you or a friend is in distress.”
Click here to download “Starting the Conversation.” It was released yesterday for the start of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2016 by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and The Jed Foundation.
Here’s a sample:
STRESSORS THAT MAY AFFECT MENTAL HEALTH
Social status pressures
Feeling alone or homesick
Feeling marginalized, misunderstood or like you don’t fit in
Concern or worry about your family members at home
Loss of day-to-day family or community support
Drug and alcohol use
Gender and sexuality questioning
Sports team losses
Read TIME magazine’s report this week on the “Starting the Conversation” guide.
Active Minds is a student organization with branches on college campuses throughout the USA and Canada devoted to “changing the conversation about mental health.” Active Minds is promoting awareness activities this month: click here to read their guide for getting involved.
For parents, a good video to watch is Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know. The video was produced by the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.