This month we welcome growth not only in the fresh May flowers, but also in our minds as we focus on mental health and the things we can do to improve it! We also welcome growth as an organization as we branch out and participate in a variety of events which you can read about down below!
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. If this subject has been the focus of discussion and research for more than 60 years, why does it still carry such a negative stigma? Why are we ashamed to tell someone that we need help or that we are struggling emotionally or mentally?
It is especially difficult for teens. We all know that the teen years can be challenging. The adolescent brain is a fascinating and marvelous thing; going through as many changes as it did during the infant/toddler phase of growth and development. Mental health is about so much more than just brain development. It’s about emotions, relationships, coping with stress, peer pressure, societal ‘norms’ and thousands of unanswered questions and uncertainties.
Adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental well-being. These include adopting healthy sleep patterns; regular exercise; developing coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; and learning to manage emotions.
- Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds.
- The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.
Follow our social media pages during the month of May as we will be sharing more information on how you can recognize and support an adolescent that may be struggling with mental health concerns. If you are interested in learning more or if you or your organization may be interested in training on the subject please reach out to us. We are here to serve. As we teach in our QPR Suicide Prevention & Awareness classes; You may be the one that saves a life today! Are you prepared?
Parents, I encourage you to take the time to listen to your teens - Teens, talk to your parents. Together you can get through anything!
Stay healthy and stay happy,