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Mental Health

For Students in Grades 7-12

Did you know...
The World Health Organization’s definition of health includes physical, mental, and social wellness. Teen mental and social health in the United States is at a crisis point, and learning how to care for yourself and others is a key to making a positive change. Our social wellness is at risk daily by everything from excessive social media exposure to pandemic isolation, societal unrest, and fear of the unknown. 

Suicide has been the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24. On the bright side, research indicates that 70- 90% of people who seek proper treatment for mental health disorders witness a significant reduction in symptoms.* We just need to educate ourselves and speak out about our concerns.

Many celebrities have taken on the cause of promoting mental health. Check out the stories of Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Simone Biles, Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Nicole Carson, Demi Lovato, and more. They have shared their stories, started campaigns, and established foundations to increase awareness about getting help. Be your own advocate and take steps to safeguard your mental health.


15 Mental Health Facts You Should Know.
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. (2017, May 23).
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Student Tips

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories AND social media.

Connect with family and friends via phone calls or video chats.

Educate yourself about warning signs of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

Talk to people you trust about your concerns.

Make time to unwind.

Take care of your body! Eat well, sleep well, exercise, and keep a schedule.


Informational Videos

Fight Flight Freeze Anxiety Explained. (2019) 2:41 
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A to Z of coping strategies.
The Hampshire CAMHS. (2018) 4:18 
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Coping with teenage STRESS. Tristan Fulgencio 3:31 
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How to STOP Negative/Stressful Thinking Once and For All. Prince Ea. (2015) 2:34
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Helplines & Resources

Teens Health from Nemours

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental 
Health facts, programs, discussion groups, helpline (available en espanol)

Anxiety and Depression Association of America 
(ADAA) prevention, treatment, symptoms 
Phone: 240-485-1001

Adolescent Depression Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (available en espanol)
Dial 2-1-1 from a local phone or use website to search for organizations that offer local support resources and services.

SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Research-based information on varying substance use disorders and mental health issues. 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Seek immediate assistance if you think your child is in danger of harming themselves or others. 
You can call a crisis line or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)