Mental Health Awareness
Mental health is about understanding the health continuum related to the brain. It entails “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being”, which in essence is how we think, feel, and act. According to the CDC, childhood mental health disorders are “serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day”.
Mental Health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. While 1-5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can affect their mental health.
What is Mental Health?
10 Mental Health Warning Signs:
- Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
- Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activity
- Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason
- Seriously trying to harm oneself or making plans to do so
- Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight
- Severe out of control risk taking behavior that can cause harm to self or others
- Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits
- Extreme difficulty concentrating or staying safe
If you see these signs in a loved one or friend, use these action steps:
As a community and country, we are facing many unprecedented challenges affecting our physical and mental wellbeing. There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve his or her mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.
The Following are Mental Health Resources
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Texans Recovering Together Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL, grant-funded program hosted by Pecan Valley Centers. We support students and their families, as well as teachers and school personnel who may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Our counselors help adults and children by providing tangible support, such as strategies to help students understand and talk about their emotions, tips for supporting families, students and teachers’ emotional wellbeing, strategies to understand and support challenging behaviors, and assistance with trauma-informed and positive classroom approaches. We also provide resource referrals to individuals impacted by COVID-19.
*The link below will pull up a form that can be filled out for FREE counseling, information, and resources to anyone under stress or experiencing adverse effects due to COVID.
A website for individuals living with mental illnesses to find Clubhouses— safe environments with opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in a single setting.
ThisIsMyBrave.org - A speaker’s bureau or show whose mission is to bring stories of mental illness and addiction out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
The Youth Mental Health Project offers The Parent Support Network, a parent-driven, family-focused program that provides parents who are concerned about their children’s mental health with a dependable and caring network, valuable peer support, and access to peer-recommended resources in their local communities.
National Institute of Mental Health —Learn about mental health by browsing various topics such as women and men’s mental health, mental health and older adults, or brain. Available in English and Spanish.
Just Say Yes Motivational Moments Videos —Quick videos for students and families that address feelings, emotions, and perspective taking during the pandemic. Episode 4 has a special message for the Class of 2020 Tools
See It and Stop It: Teen Action Campaign – Created by teens to help prevent relationship violence, the See It, Stop It website offers information on recognizing and stopping abuse. The campaign's main premise is to help those who may be aware of domestic violence help victims of abuse.
2Thrive MHA Series
Trevor Lifeline - Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Rape Crisis and Victim Services