Mental Wellness

NINE IN 10 YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE US ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH, FINDS SURVEY

NINE IN 10 YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE US ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH, FINDS SURVEY

“It's important that particularly young people, but actually everybody knows that everyone breaks. That it’s sort of part of life. That what you have to do at that point is acknowledge it and get help, if you’re lucky enough to be able to get that help. There is no shame in admitting that you can’t cope…ultimately there’s nothing to feel ashamed about. I think particularly with men there is a big feeling that you shouldn’t have these emotions and that you should be able to cope and you should be able to man up…men do have to acknowledge their emotions and they do have to talk about and it’s okay to cry, because you’re a human being.” - Kira Knightley

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Six in 10 of people surveyed admitted to struggling with mental health issues

Katie O'Malley, Independent

Nine in 10 young people in the US are concerned about their mental health, according to a national survey.

Conducted by consulting firm Benenson Strategy Group on behalf Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, researchers undertook at 2,082 online interviews with 13-24 year olds from 28 January to 2 February 2019.

Nearly all those surveyed (88 per cent) said that mental health is a priority concern for them, but one in three felt they lacked reliable access to mental health resources.

The study found that 15 per cent of people said they discuss their mental health “often”, while almost half (49 per cent) admitted to “rarely” or “never” discussing the topic, and more than half (55 per cent) said they were stressed.

Bill to require 'mental health first aid' training for teachers

Bill to require 'mental health first aid' training for teachers

WNEM Saginaw

A new bill introduced by the Senate (Michigan) will require teachers to undergo mental health first aid training to recognize signs of mental distress and substance abuse in young children.

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Thanks to Lady Gaga, Springfield students will be trained in mental health first aid

Thanks to Lady Gaga, Springfield students will be trained in mental health first aid

By: Claudette Riley, Springfield News-Leader

As a high school counselor, Amy Moran appreciates when teenagers trust her enough to confide their problems.

But, even when they do, she believes she's rarely the first to know.

"Teens are telling teens when there is an issue, when they are struggling," said Moran, who is stationed at Kickapoo High School. "They tell a friend first."

A pilot program aims to train high school students on how to respond — and get help — if they, or a friend, are having mental health issues.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks, in partnership with Springfield Public Schools, will participate in the nation's first teen Mental Health First Aid pilot program. 

Bill Would Make Teachers First Responders for Youth in Mental Health Crisis

Bill Would Make Teachers First Responders for Youth in Mental Health Crisis

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett , California Health Report

Noting rising suicide rates and mental health problems among the state’s youth, a bill in the California Senate would require all new teachers to have mental health first-aid training.

State Senators Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) introduced the bill earlier this month with the support of county health officials, mental health program providers and child health advocates. Senate bill 428 would require all new teachers, as well as those renewing their teaching credentials, to complete a course on youth mental health first-aid.

If approved, the requirement would go into effect in January 2020.

The Easiest Ways To Beat Stress During Family Gatherings

The Easiest Ways To Beat Stress During Family Gatherings

Family gatherings, while wonderful, can be a difficult time to get through if you’ve recently entered addiction recovery; they come with so many responsibilities, worries, and stresses, and there’s often so little time to do anything else that many of us neglect our own health and well-being. This can have detrimental impacts on your sobriety, so it’s important to reach out for help when you need it.

Fortunately, there are some easy ways to beat stress and maintain your sober status no matter what has brought your family together; with a little planning and preparation, you can ensure your time with your loved ones is fun-filled and substance-free. Here are a few of the best tips for doing just that.

10 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health in 2017

10 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health in 2017

You’re constantly bombarded with media telling you how you can get fit, eat better, and improve your physical health — but what about your mental health? Mental health is just as ( if not more) important than physical health, but it tends to fall by the wayside when dreaming up self-improvement to-do lists. Make mental health a priority in 2017 by incorporating these 10 habits into your plans for the new year.

1. Stop taking failure personally

If you’re a perfectionist, you probably set high goals and then beat yourself up for not meeting them. Instead of kicking yourself while you’re down, practice reframing failures as learning opportunities. After all, you’ll never become good at something if you don’t give yourself a chance to be bad at it first.

On the Topic of Youth Suicide in Utah

On the Topic of Youth Suicide in Utah

How to curb Utah’s teen-suicide rate? Hatch-convened roundtable says kids needs access to mental-health services

By Alex Stuckey | The Salt Lake Tribune

Republican state Sen. Daniel Thatcher was 11 years old when he lost his first classmate to suicide. He was 16 when he lost his close friend.

That's why, he says, it's so important to drop the stigma and talk about suicide.

"If you talk to someone, they live," Thatcher, from West Valley City, said. "If you connect them to support, they live."

Hatch convenes suicide-prevention conference

By Lois M. Collins & Lauren Fields | Deseret News

“We’ve made more progress in the last five years than in the 20 years before,” Dr. Doug Gray, a psychiatrist, professor and suicidologist at the University of Utah, told the audience at the roundtable, held at East High in Salt Lake City.

Mental Health Resource Roundup, Installment 3

Mental Health Resource Roundup, Installment 3

MASSACHUSETTS: Flying Away from Stigma: Logan Exhibit Displays Stories of Mental Illness

The Boston Globe
A new exhibit at Boston's Logan Airport aims to reduce the negative bias associated with mental illness by sharing the images and stories of those who have been intimately affected by it. A collaboration between the psychiatric institution McLean Hospital and several mental health organizations, "Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life" displays photographs and interviews with people who have experienced a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction, and suicide. Participants, who represent a range of sociodemographic backgrounds, seek to convey the challenges of living with mental illness, but also the opportunities for healing and resilience. Sean Shinnock, who shares his story of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder, said, "I hope that somebody who may be hurting gets a little solace, that they know they're not alone." 

Connect this Christmas

Connect this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, holidays and catch ups can be a time to relax and enjoy being with friends and family, but it can also be a time when feelings of loneliness, personal struggles, conflict and loss surface and make us feel vulnerable. Leading into the festive season, we're asking everyone to take one action every day to help create a more connected world.

Watch this video to hear how R U OK? Ambassador and media personality Ita Buttrose is getting involved by sharing her Christmas dinner with someone who doesn't have anywhere to go.

From Walking to Swimming: How To Cope With Bipolar Disorder Using Physical Fitness

From Walking to Swimming: How To Cope With Bipolar Disorder Using Physical Fitness

Bipolar disorder affects nearly six million adults in the U.S., and many studies have been done in an effort to try and pinpoint where it begins and why. It’s not so easy to understand, however, and it is even harder to study in young people because the symptoms sometimes mimic natural emotional changes that come with growing up.

For those who are living with bipolar disorder, medication is one option for minimizing the symptoms. These can include manic episodes and feelings of elation as well as drawn-out low periods of depression, and the sharp shift between those two extremes can be frightening, exhausting, and tiresome. Often, a mixture of medication and therapy work wonders for sufferers, but in some cases, alternative therapy can also be of help. One such method is exercise.

Mental Health Resource Roundup, Installment 2

Mental Health Resource Roundup, Installment 2

How important is social connectivity to health?

Social connectivity – spending time with friends and family, taking part in group activities or having a sense of community – may be among the most important predictors of health.

Study upon study shows the myriad ways human connection plays a valuable role in positively supporting a person’s physical and mental health. 

Having strong social ties has been shown to:

  • Dramatically lower rates of disease and premature death. Those who lacked supportive relationships had a fourfold increased risk of dying six months after open heart surgery.
  • Improve our long-term happiness. People’s happiness correlates to the happiness of others with whom they are connected – and people who are surrounded by happy people are more likely to be happy in the future.
  • Decrease stress during major life transitions. Higher levels of happiness and optimism were associated with lower levels of stress and greater increases in perceived social support during life transitions.
  • Support recovery. One study showed that higher scores on the Recovery Assessment Scale were related to both social support as well as engagement in activities.

And, the quality of our social networks has a lifetime impact on well-being as we age. 

Mental Health Resource Roundup, Installment 1

Mental Health Resource Roundup, Installment 1

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act remarking that "those of us called upon to lead this country have a duty" to stand by the families and communities struggling with addiction. The significant funding included in the bill will help fight the ongoing opioid crisis, authorizing $1 billion in grants to states over the next two years. The National Council applauds Congress for the addiction and mental health provisions that will support community behavioral health providers in expanding access and looks to Congress to act quickly and include full funding for these provisions in the FY2017 appropriations package.

Read the National Council’s full statement on the signing and learn more about the 21st Century Cures Act on the Capitol Connector Blog.