September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The September 2019 Newsletter by Aspen Strong lists some potential warning signs of suicide in order to help out those affected by suicide. They suggest reaching out to friends or people in your community to check in and see how they are doing.
Potential Signs of Suicide:
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Displaying extreme mood swings
- More info on the Aspen Strong Website: Aspen Strong
If someone is showing signs of suicide
- Do not leave the person alone
- Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used as a suicide attempt
It is important to be alert and aware of those around you and let them know that they are not alone. Be careful not to alienate others and try to provide resources to help them because you don’t have to help them alone. There are more resources on the Aspen Strong Website.
Things to Say to Help Someone
It is not easy to help people on our own so there are certain things that Aspen Strong recommends saying to someone who may show signs. They suggest the ACT acronym: Acknowledge what they’re feeling, show you Care, and help connect them with Treatment. Here is a blog going into further detail about why friendship is so important: Friendship.
Back to School Anxiety Symptoms
A lot of us feel or felt the anxiety of going back to school after a long break off. You get nervous of what others will think, anxious about how the classes will go and so forth. For some kids, this anxiety does not go away and without proper treatment, it gets worse over time. These teens then struggle with these feelings of tension and may start to interfere with their daily activities, relationships with peers and family members. Some signs that could be a tell sign of needing treatment for anxiety are things like:
- Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Withdrawing from social interactions
- Trouble sleeping at night, but often seems fatigued during the day
- Expressing feelings of hopelessness, despair, and worthlessness
- Unable to concentrate
- More listed at: Signs of Anxiety
Overall, it is important to keep an eye on your friends and family and make sure that they are mentally taking care of themselves. People will be happy to see that someone cares enough to check up on them and then they will do the same for you. Being part of the discussion about mental health can be a really great thing for your well-being.
For more information about being part of the community and discussion, go to the Aspen Strong Website.