Mental Health

988–“There’s a New Number to Call for Mental Health Crises” https://time.com/6197997/988-mental-health-crisis-hotline/

The leading cause of death in the United States is suicide. Almost 46,000 Americans died by suicide in 2020. Worldwide, the number is almost 800,000 every year and in 2020, there were 1.2 million attempts in the world. Being aware of of risk factors and early signs can help save lives. For more information, read the following article on CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/14/health/signs-someone-is-suicidal-wellness/index.html

The Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act passed the House. Help get it passed in the Senate. Read about the act and the changes it will make for mental health and substance abuse in our country. https://trahan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2517&fbclid=IwAR2n91ZVtf4XPdVS_6IP_hmb6HjVZsGSZW7MNjgR2B7v_0BU1vyPUpktXU8

Published in the New York Times, this article provides information about a study conducted with school counselors about the effect the pandemic had on children. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/05/29/upshot/pandemic-school-counselors.html?smid=em-share

An informative article about violent behaviors and mental health.https://www.today.com/health/health/mental-illness-gun-violence-us-research-says-rcna30833

Seventeen million Americans deal with substance abuse and mental health issues. For information, visit: https://www.shatterproof.org/learn/mental-health-awareness-month-2022

I had the honor of presenting at the Behavioral Health Conference on May 11th. The title of my presentation was “Education, Prevention, and Early Interventions: Keys to Saving our children.” We had an informative discussion that was very enlightening. I want to thank those who attended my workshop and United Way of Broward for hosting such a powerful conference.

There are five major types of anxiety: 1) Generalized Anxiety Disorder characterized by chronic anxiety and worry; 2) Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurrent thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). For example, excessive washing of hands or re-checking; 3) Panic Disorder is unexpected and repeated intense fear that is accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain and dizziness; 4) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs after being exposed to a frightening or traumatic event; 5) Social Anxiety is fear of engaging in social situations and may include eating or speaking in front of others. (Information was obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS).gov

“Help for Cutting and other Self-Injury.” The most common type of self-injury is cutting. Children will also engage in other behaviors such as picking at their skin and sores on themselves. While parents have a difficult time understanding the reason behind the cutting, they need to be aware that cutting is not a suicide threat. The act of cutting is to distract from their emotional pain. Signs that your child may be engaging in self-harm behavior include: talking about self-injury, scars that look suspicious, wounds that won’t heal, cuts, wearing long sleeve clothing in warm weather, isolation. The full article can be read at the Child Mind Institute. https://childmind.org/article/what-drives-self-injury-and-how-to-treat-it/

Depression is diagnosed more often in women than in men. It may manifest itself as fatigue, irritability, anger, and reckless behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse. It is common for those with depression to not seek help as they don’t see themselves as depressed. Symptoms of depression in women may be sadness, a feeling of worthlessness and guilt. In young children, signs of depression may be refusal to go to school, signs of anxiety when separated from parents and worrying that their parents are going to die. Teenagers exhibit depression with signs of irritability, sulky behavior and getting in trouble at school. They also display symptoms of anxiety, eating disorders and drug use. In older adults, sadness or grief may contribute to depression. For more information and resources, visit:https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression