KNOW THE SIGNS SAVE A LIFE Marin County Teen Mental Health Board
Who Are We? We are a volunteer group whose mission is to raise awareness for mental health issues and suicide among teens. We’re not mental health professionals. We don’t do diagnosis or treatment.
Depression 1 in 3 high school students has a mental health disorder. Most don’t seek or get treatment. Depression is a diagnosable disease characterized by altered levels of certain brain Source: Amer. Psych. Assoc., Surgeon General chemicals.
Depression Statistics Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. among teens and adults. 10-15% of teenagers have some symptoms of depression at any one time. Between 80 and 90% of people with depression—even the most serious forms—can be helped. Source: teendepression.org and NIMH
Causes and Risk Factors of Depression Family history Traumatic event Loss Domestic violence Abuse Drug abuse Bullying Chronic illness or injury Major life change Family instability Peer pressure Questioning sexual orientation Stress Stigma of being Source: teendepression.org LGBTQ
Signs and Symptoms of Depression Withdrawal from regular Change in energy level activities Extreme feelings of Antisocial behavior sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness Drop in school performance Self hurt Loss of motivation Eating disorders Change in sleeping habits Inexplicable aches Change in eating habits Restlessness, irritability Source: teendepression.org
Myth or Fact?Depression affects morethan 19 million Americansevery year. Fact! Source: Mental Health America
Myth or Fact?Most high school studentsdon’t think about killingthemselves. Myth! Source: teenscreen.org
Myth or Fact?Approximately 68% ofadults 65 and over knowlittle or nothing aboutdepression. Fact! Source: National Mental Health Association
Myth or Fact? Males have higher suicide rates than females. Fact! Source: AFSP
Myth or Fact?Asking someone if they aresuicidal makes them moresuicidal. Myth! Source: AFSP
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem People who commit suicide don’t want to die. It is often impulsive 90% of people who commit suicide suffer from a treatable mental health disorder. Source: AFSP
Suicide Statistics Every 100 minutes, an American teenager commits suicide. For every suicide there are at least 25 attempts. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 after accidents and homicide. It is the 4th leading cause of death for people ages 10- 14. Those who’ve made prior attempt more vulnerable, but means restriction is effective. Source: AFSP
Suicide Trends After steady decline in the 90’s, suicide rates have increased since 2000. 2010 was the highest rate in 15 years. Source: AFSP
Risk Factors for Suicide Existing mental health disorder. Prior attempt. Family history. Substance abuse. Bullying. Isolation. Source: AFSP Access to means, weapons.
Warning Signs and Indicators of Suicide Suicidal Talk Taking excessive risks Preoccupation with death Drop in school or dying performance Withdrawal from family or Increased drug, alcohol friends Making final use arrangements Self neglect Self-injury Involvement in criminal Change in energy level justice system Expression of anger and
What To Do If you think you or a friend is depressed or suicidal, get connected with a trusted adult. Plan + Means + Opportunity Deadly Secret or Deadly Promise
Mental Health Hygiene Healthy diet and regular exercise keeps you physically fit and helps fight or prevent a mental health disorder. Getting enough sleep helps the body rejuvenate after a stressful day. Maintain good relationships with family and friends. Develop creative, physical or social outlet. Seek help when necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Importance of Kindness Be sensitive to people’s problems; you never know what someone is going through. One kind act or word can brighten someone’s day or even change their life forever. Be sympathetic, empathetic.
Mental Health Resources Family Service Agency of Marin Provides a safety net of affordable mental health services Tel: (415) 491-5700 24-Hour Suicide Hotline: (415) 499-1100 Community Institute for Psychotherapy Offers quality, affordable counseling and psychotherapy Tel: (415) 459-5999 Suicide Hotline (Spanish) 1-888-628-9454
Marin County Teen Mental Health BoardContact Us: Web: Knowthesignssavealife.blogspot.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (415) 272-5123 We meet at 10AM one Sunday every month at 317 Scenic Rd. in Fairfax.
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