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The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s messaging task force and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have created partner toolkits to share the new 988 messaging frameworks. Click on each button below to learn more.
Anxiety is part of the human experience and at times the word “anxiety” is watered down. People worry about a wide variety of things. Finances, job stability, relationships, child-rearing, health, and safety come to mind as common worries on a day-to-day basis. Not all worrying, however, qualifies as anxiety.
Anxiety disorders include disorders that share features of excessive fear and anxiety that negatively impact functioning. For kids, this might mean that anxiety makes it difficult to get to school each day, make and maintain friends, sleep at night, or focus in the classroom. For adults, work, romantic relationships, friendships, finances, and physical health can suffer. Anxiety manifests in many ways (physical, emotional, and behavioral), and there are several disorders that fall under “anxiety disorders.”
Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is suicidal, there’s plenty you can do to help save a life.
It can be frightening if someone you love talks about suicidal thoughts. It can be even more frightening if you find yourself thinking about dying or giving up on life. Not taking these kinds of thoughts seriously can have devastating outcomes, as suicide is a permanent solution to (often) temporary problems.
Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of approximately 47,000 Americans each year.
We will never know what causes anyone, celebrity or no, to decide that life was no longer worth living. We can, however, work to do better by others in the ways we talk about mental illness and suicide and do better by ourselves by seeking help when we need it.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing abuse, domestic violence, suicidal thoughts or sexual assault, these are the numbers to call.
Many adults have anxiety, but did you know that the number of teens with anxiety is at an all-time high? Having excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks is not uncommon for a person with anxiety disorder.
Children become preteens, and preteens mold into teenagers who then become young adults. KidsMatter has an abundance of resources for fourth graders to young adults who are managing academic, social and emotional stressors daily.
Teen stress can rival an adult's, according to the American Psychological Association, but chronic stress for all Americans is becoming a national epidemic, especially for those who are 25 to 35 years of age.
ABUSE & ADDICTION
Having your physical and mental health rely on a substance can add complexity and a loss of control to your life. KidsMatter relies on resources from our trusted and reputable partners to assist individuals and families understand why addiction and abuse happens and how to prevent it.
Smartphones, tablets and other devices have been found to be directly linked to isolation, depression, and anxiety in individuals. KidsMatter regularly holds educational series aimed at educating the community on how to prevent digital addiction and practice a healthy balance of using technology.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and around 14 out of 100,000 people die each year from suicide. KidsMatter's #1 resource is our Crisis Text Line to assist those in crisis and our suicide resources can help you or someone you know who is in need.
Mindfulness, a popular meditation technique, allows you to focus your attention on things occurring in the present day, and can have an overall positive impact on both your physical and mental health by decreasing stress levels, sustaining attention spans and more.
Parents need to learn about today’s toughest parenting challenges, and KidsMatter wants to help. We are a reliable source of expert information, resources, and suggestions when you don’t know where else to turn.
Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that can cause severe symptoms that affect how you may feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Depression can happen at any age and to anyone, and even the most severe cases, can be treated.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected our physical health; it has taken a huge toll on our mental health as well. Kids Matter has multiple resources for you and your loved ones to help you reclaim your peace of mind as we all move through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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