If you didn’t get to follow us on Facebook so far this month, here’s a summary of 9 posts from Dec. 1-15!
We posted several signup reminders, including details on all three of our mental health trainings: Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), It’s Time to Talk About It! (ITTAI) and Question. Persuade. Refer (QPR).
Irene Toto, Ph.D., LMHC , published an opinion editorial in Clay Today on Dec. 15 about the benefits of social activity during the holidays.
Excerpt: “…Increased social activity at this time of year gives us more opportunities to converse with friends, neighbors and family members. Whether it’s dinnertime dialogue, preparing holiday treats, or visiting at the annual company party, the season gives us chances to not only catch up but to also gauge how people are really feeling.” Here’s a link to the complete piece on our blog.
An article from the Washington Post: The Crisis in Student Mental Health is Much Vaster Than We Realize.
Excerpt: "Nationally, adolescent depression and anxiety — already at crisis levels before the pandemic — have surged amid the isolation, disruption and hardship of Covid-19. Even as federal coronavirus relief money has helped schools step up their efforts to aid students, they also have come up short. More than 75 percent of schools surveyed in spring said their teachers and staff have voiced concerns about student depression, anxiety and trauma, according to federal data. Nearly as many schools cited a jump in the number of students seeking mental health services." Read more >
Reminder: The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States by calling 988. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States by calling 988. If you prefer to chat, go to https://988lifeline.org/chat/