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Suicide Awareness & Prevention

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Children’s Mental Health: Signs Your Child Is Struggling

mental health 572As a parent or caregiver, you want the best for your children or other dependents. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they get help. Read more ›

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49ers’ Solomon Thomas Passionate in His Fight for Suicide Prevention

solomonthomas553At its annual Lifesavers Gala in May, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gave 49er Solomon Thomas and his parents the Survivors of Loss Award, an honor in recognition of those who have shared their stories in an effort to help others, advance prevention initiatives and create change. Read more ›

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Adolescent Suicide Rate Hits 20-Year High

depression 545Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates the suicide rate for teens ages 15 to 19 is at its highest point in 20 years, and that suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for that age group. Read more ›

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Bay Area Teens Share Their Experiences Struggling with Anxiety, Depression

teendepression 519For one week in the spring, KQED opens its airwaves to student-produced content from classrooms around the Bay Area in a segment called Youth Takeover. In this 52-minute podcast, KQED’s Forum talks with Bay Area high school students about mental health and whether they agree with research that links the increase in anxiety and depression to academic pressure and social media use.

Listen to the podcast on the KQED website.  Additional Youth Takeover audio segments are also available.

Source: KQED | Bay Area Teens Share Their Experiences Struggling with Anxiety, Depression, https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101870818/bay-area-teens-share-their-experiences-struggling-with-anxiety-depression | Copyright © 2019 KQED Inc

A screening can help you determine if you or someone you care about should contact a mental health professional. Care Managers can arrange a free 30 minute Care Consultation so you can explore options with an expert. Call or email our Care Managers at 650.688.3625 or caremanager@chconline.org to set up an initial Consultation appointment.

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NIMH-Funded Study Finds “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates

mentalheath 518The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the show’s release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media. The study was conducted by researchers at several universities, hospitals, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIMH also funded the study. Read more ›

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How Schools Can Bridge Mental Health Care Gaps with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Tools

CBT mental health 516School counselors, along with school social workers, may be children’s only access to some form of mental health care, since it’s estimated that only 20 percent of children with mental or behavioral disorders receive help from a mental health care provider. Read more ›

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Mental Health Facts: Children and Teens [downloadable]

mental health 509Did you know that 1 in 5 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will have a serious mental illness? Or that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24?

Mental health is essential to one’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. This infographic from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides the latest facts and figures about children’s and teens’ mental health. Read more ›

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Tips for Discussing Suicide on Social Media — A Guide for Youth [downloadable]

suicide social media 492There are pros and cons to social media discussions of suicide. Social media can spread helpful knowledge and support, but it can also quickly disseminate harmful messaging and misinformation that puts vulnerable youth at risk. Read more ›

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Suicide and Social Media: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers [downloadable]

suicideandsocialmedia461Mental health, non-suicidal self-harm, and suicide themes on social media continue to be an issue both youth and adults face on a daily basis. Experts recognize that youth engagement with social media includes positive and negative aspects and our goal is to help maximize the benefits while reducing any potential harm. Read more ›

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Coping After Suicide Loss: Tips for Grieving Adults, Children, and Schools [downloadable]

Death by suicide is always a tragic event. It can trigger a host of complicated and confusing emotions. Whether you are coping with the loss of a loved one, or are helping a child or adult navigate such a loss, these tools from the American Psychological Association can help. Read more ›

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