Mental Health Awareness
Ms. Andres’ Leadership Class is a group of students who are taught how to mentor and work with students with disabilities, be team players, leaders of the campus through their example, and trained in what things to notice about students that may be struggling with mental health issues or concerns including suicide and help them go to the adults who can help them. They have even gone global with Great Kindness Week by collecting coins for a Kenyan school. This year they are taking it school wide with ASB for a school in Pakistan.
Mental illnesses are disorders of brain function. They have many causes and result from complex interactions between a person’s genes and their environment. Having a mental illness is not a choice or moral failing. Mental illnesses occur at similar rates around the world, in every culture and in all socioeconomic groups. Mental Health deals with conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood swings,eating disorders, and many others.
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
A = Acknowledge the problem
C= Care; let the person know you care
T= Tell a responsible adult
Click graphic below to learn about Jonah Mowry's struggle with bullying, which lead to him making this emotional video.
POSSIBLE WARNING SIGNS OF A FRIEND IN NEED
- Change in personality
- Isolation from friends or family
- Reckless Behavior
- Sudden mood changes
- Change in sleeping habits
- Uncontrolled anger
- Talking or writing about death
- Threats to harm oneself
- Bring awareness surrounding issues of teen suicide
- Allow students to act as a resource for their peers in seeking mental health services
- Provide students with an opportunity to change the outlook on their campus
- Reduce the number of suicides and attempts
- As many as 95 suicides are attempted for every 1 day (Emory University)
- Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 14 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- "Over the past 15 years, the total suicide rate has increased 24% from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000." - National Institute of Mental Health
Know the signs of a friend in need.
Never do it alone.
Seek help from an adult.
Be a friend.
Be a support.
Be a helping hand!