Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Fifty percent of mental illness begins by the age of 14, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
To learn more about mental health, please visit the Center for Disease and Control website
If you, or someone you know, has been thinking of suicide, help is available and recovery is possible. Start by learning the warning signs, and do whatever you can to get you, or someone you care about, the help they need.
Suicide is preventable. Despite the misconception, talking about suicide openly is one of the most helpful things you can do for a person.
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When a parent learns that their child is harming themselves, it can be a very emotional time. It is very important for parents to take these actions seriously. Self-harm is a coping skill that should only be removed once healthy coping strategies are taught and implemented. Please get help from a local therapist.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior, that involves a real or perceived power of difference. The behavior is often repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Individuals who are bullied, and who bully others, may have lasting memories and difficulties related to their experiences. There are three types of bullying: verbal bullying, physical bullying, and social bullying, and social or relational bullying.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok
- Text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
- Instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
- Online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
- Online gaming communities
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