Thursday, October 01, 2020
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020 is World Suicide Awareness Day.Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide. This means suicide is responsible for almost one million deaths every year across the globe.
Another way to look at this is how Dr. Catherine Le Galès-Camus, from the World Health Organization , describes the rate of suicide each year: "Worldwide, more people die from suicide than from all homicides and wars combined."
Click here for warning signs you can learn about.
Psych Central offers a great list of suicide resources as does the International Association for Suicide Prevention
URGENT TELEPHONE CELL PHONE CONTACT
Lifeline is open 24 hours a day, every day, to help you or someone you love find help.
1800 273 TALK
1800 273 8255
URGENT CELL PHONE TEXT CONTACT
If you would rather text than talk, the Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, every day.
Text HELLO to 741741 to connect
Sunday, August 02, 2020
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
This awareness day was named after mental health activist and author Bebe Moore Campbell - and focuses on building awareness about the importance of mental wellness and effective mental health care for minorities.
According to research, minorities are less likely to receive a mental health diagnosis, less likely to receive treatment for mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. More specifically:
- The percentage of Black and Latinx children who use mental health care services is less than half that of Caucasian children
- 88% of Latinx children with mental health issues have unmet needs
- More than 25% of African American youth exposed to violence have been shown to be at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder
- Adolescent Native Americans experience the highest rates of suicide of any population in the United States—at least three to five times the national average
- In the Asian American youth population, suicide ideation and suicide rates continue to increase
Monday, June 08, 2020
June is PTSD Awareness Month.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur in children and adults who've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD can also occur for new moms.
PTSD can result from a natural disaster, accident, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other types of violent personal assaults. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a treatable mental health disorder.
Here are some of the hallmark symptoms:
- Intrusive memories: Upsetting dreams or reoccurring flashbacks about the event.
- Avoidance: Avoiding the memory of the event, or places and people that remind you of the event.
- Negative changes in thinking or mood: Feeling numb or sad, having low self-esteem, and feeling hopeless about the future.
- Changes in emotional reactions: Irritable, angry outbursts, feeling guilty or ashamed, and/or being easily frightened.
- Substance Use: Reliance on substances such as alcohol or drugs to cope with PTSD symptoms.
Facts About PTSD
- An estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives.
- Upwards of 40% of girls and boys experience at least one trauma as a child or adolescent.
- Postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs in about 9% of new mothers.
- Among people who are experience or witness a severe traumatic experience, 60 – 80% will develop PTSD.
- An estimated 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD at some time in their lives.
- Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel experiences PTSD.
- PTSD increases the risk for suicide, especially if it is undiagnosed or untreated.
Link here for PTSD tools and resources
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Though about 1 in 5 adults and children experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, mental illness continues to be stigmatized and misunderstood.
Learn more about mental illness, stigma and ways to educate others in my TEDx talk.