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Jul 21, 2017

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Mental Health-Talking Tips and Signs to Look for

Why is it that only when a celebrity dies of suicide that we talk about it? Why is it only on mental health day do we talk about mental health? These matters should be talked about every day.

Kids these days go threw so much more than they did in recent years. With all the pressure, social media presence, bullying on and off social media and more, kids these days are more prone to mental health issues then ever.

Yet we don't talk about this as much as we should. Maybe it is because many people are not sure how to talk to kids about this subject. Or they just can't accept that their kids could be one of the millions who suffer from mental health.
   
  'Oh my kid is fine. I don't need to worry about talking about mental health issues with them' 

Do you hear yourself speaking those words? Well let me tell you something, someone could be on the brink of suicide or have serious mental health issues and not show any signs. You will never know until the end. You will question why they did it. Question yourself if you are the reason they did it. Chances are there is more then one reason a person commits suicide. It can happen to your kids, a friends kid, the most popular kid, the rich kid, adults your age, your friends... Every human walking on this Earth young and old could suffer from some kind of mental health issue. No matter race, age, male, female, gay, straight. Even animals can suffer from mental health

Tweet: We must teach and talk to our kids about mental health issues like self harm, depression, suicide.... Just like we teach and talk about sex, drugs, kindness... We must teach and talk to our kids about mental health issues like self harm, depression, suicide.... Just like we teach and talk about sex, drugs, kindness... 





Below I have some tips for talking to your kids and some signs to watch out for. Linkin Park lead singer Chester committed suicide on July 20th 2017. At the end of the page is one of their songs. Feel free to listen to it & support them by buying the song




Tips for talking to your kids about mental health 


1. Be sure to reassure them that it is ok to speak to you or another adult if they are feeling low. They may just need someone to talk to

2. Never Ever judge them

3. Never Ever blame this on them. Its the brains fault

4. Never Ever make it seem like its all about you. Some parents think 'I did this' They ignore what the kid is saying 

5. Give them a hug

6. Listen, Listen, Listen, Listen to what they are saying

7. If they don't want to talk, tell them to write it in a journal. Have them hand it to you when they are done. Then you can either write your thoughts or speak them

8. Don't cry. Sure your kid has this issue but they need you to be strong

9. Do some research on how mental health. The more you know, the more you can help

10. Get them help if they need it



Signs to look for


1. Personality changes- Are they angry all the time?  Did they turn from outgoing to just wanting to be alone? 

2. Speech changes- Are they talking about ending it all? Asking about death? Talking about death? Quiet talking? Avoiding friends? Avoiding you?

3. Changes in eating- Are they eating more? Eating less? Eating different? 

4. Sleeping changes- Do you notice they sleep more? Or sleep less?

5. Changes in school- Are they failing classes? Getting into trouble? 

6. Style changes- Do they not care what they look like anymore? Wearing long sleeves or pants all the time? 

7. Changes in shopping- Are they buying odd things? 

8. Medicine cabinet changes- Are various pills missing? 





Please note that although there are many signs of mental health issues, some people never display them. The best tip I have is to- 
Listen to them, 
Pay Attention to see if anything even little changes, 
Talk to them often even if they don't want to, 
Teach them about depression, suicide, self harm... 
Be there for them 


Repeat these steps every day, all day, all the time

Hotlines to call, text or chat online here








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