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Video 5/12 - Mental Health Awareness Week

May 11, 2022
 

This week we talk about our Mental state. How is our mental health? We discuss some ideas on how to help maintain balance in your mental state.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA - Life On Campus

It is Mental Health Awareness Week! 31% of Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder.  It seems like such a difficult topic to discuss with anyone, but frankly, not talking about it is killing us. Mental health is a topic that is often left out of the conversation. This week, we are raising awareness for mental health and all of its aspects, including anxiety disorders. 31% of Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder, making it one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Despite how common it is, mental illness remains a taboo topic. We don't talk about it, maybe because we're afraid to confront the reality that mental illness exists and sometimes takes lives.

Mental illness is often seen as a sign of weakness. This couldn't be further from the truth. Mental illness is something that should be treated with the same care and importance as physical illness. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. Mental illness and depression are real and we need to start finding ways to talk about it. Especially with our teenagers.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-34. In 2017, there were 47,173 recorded suicides in the United States. That's an average of 129 suicides per day. And those are just the ones that were reported. For every suicide that is carried out, an entire community is left with the aftermath. Parents, friends and family, teammates, coaches, teachers and school counselors, every time they feel it like a personal failure, like they could have done more.

So, let's do more. Let's talk more. The past couple of years have taken a toll on everyone, especially teens. Take some extra time to check in and make them feel heard and loved.

For support, resources & information about Suicide Prevention, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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