It’s the Holiday Season
You know, I’ve procrastinated this blog post for a week. I’ve been wondering why, and I may have figured it out. The Holidays are wrought with emotion and memories of what was or what we wanted it to be. While some find themselves elated with cheer, others find sink into depression. Some have more party invitations than they know what to do with, others would love to have just one. Many of us have family around us during these weeks; others of us don’t see family at all. So in a short blog post, how do I make any sort of statement on a blog that pertains to mental health that reaches each of us?
I guess the message is this: take care of yourself and one another. If you know someone who might be struggling this time of year, give them a call, stop by, drop off some cookies. Invite them out, maybe for a walk. Help them to get fresh air, to seek health.
And take charge of your time, whatever you celebrate, whatever you believe. As one of my favorite researcher/authors Brene Brown says, “I wasn’t the victim of this holiday circus, I was the ringmaster.” Read more about her revelations at The Show Must Go On, But at What Cost?
19 Statistics That Prove Mental Illness is More Prominent than You think
I know that you aren’t surprised that most everyone is affected directly by someone who struggles with mental health issues. This Huffington Post article is quite interesting: 19 Statistics That Prove Mental Illness Is More Prominent Than You Think
How to Make Stress Your Friend
If you’ve followed this blog, you know I love Ted talks. If you haven’t seen Kelly McGonical’s Ted talk, entitled, How To Make Stress Your Friend, it’s worth 14 minutes of your time. McGonical, a Health Psychologist, asserts that stress itself isn’t bad for your health but, rather, it’s your perception of stress that dictates its relative health effects. Great Watch at How to Make Stress your Friend
Have you heard about Instagram’s “Time: Like Ratio”? Did you know that Instagram is the go-to app for teens, claiming 74% of teens and tweens as members? That girls are looking for popularity with a keystroke of the computer or smartphone? Check out this Time magazine’s informative piece: The Secret Life of Girls on Instagram.
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Training Opportunities—QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer)
QPR training provides three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. There is 1 more opportunity to take QPR this year! 90 minutes empowers you to sit in crisis with someone and know what to say. QPR is being held on December 15, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Davidson Parks and Rec center.
Sign up! For more information and to register, please click here and look for “QPR” in the program section, or contact Leslie Willis at 704-940-9609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the training, This training is appropriate for those in high school and older. There is no cost associated.
704-444-2400 Carolinas HealthCare System 24-Hour Help Line
The help line, staffed by masters-level mental health professionals and registered nurses, offers crisis intervention 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The staff can also provide assessments for psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment, make referrals to behavioral health specialists and offer information on community behavioral health resources. Whether you’re a family member or struggling yourself, there is someone to help just a phone call away.
…and Thank You
Thank you to Ariana Fourazad at Cannon School for inviting us to present QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) for students last week. We believe that every high school student, every teacher, and every administrator benefit from this 90-minute class.
Thank you to Lincoln County for inviting us to present QPR to all 40 school counselors in the Lincoln County School System. What a wonderful group!
Thank you to Emily Grimes for presenting: Suicide Prevention, Self Harm and Crisis Management on December 2.
Emily’s presentation at the DUMC Fellowship Hall was well attended and everyone present learned more about self-harm, and suicide awareness. Thank also to DUMC for allowing us to use their great facility! Check out more about Emily Grimes here.