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Feb 10, 2019

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Mental Health-Talking Tips and Signs to Look for




Hey guys and welcome back to my blog.

  If you are a new reader then you should know mental health is very important to me. You can see my previous posts on mental health here

It is currently February 10th as I sit here typing this, which means we are in the middle of Season Affective Disorder, also known as 'winter blues' Read more here The holidays are gone, singles are lonely and we are just here sitting thinking of the holiday past. Many of us looking forward to the start of spring in March, knowing that it will feel like a million years until it gets here.

  This brought me to repost one of my most popular posts, Mental Health- Talking tips and signs to look for. Sure I could come up with a shorter and better title but I want people to know exactly what they are getting in this very important post.


It really does not matter the time of year this is posted, which is why I repost it often. Mental Health needs to be talked about now, tomorrow, yesterday and every day. It is a leading cause of death in young kids and is on the rise more than any other illness or death cause.*

With all this being said, let us get to the post.


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*May not be a real fact but feels like it

#FunFact this is one of my most popular and lengthy posts.





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 than 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 than 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

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. It's the brain's 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 
Be nice to those you meet on the streets, even if they are mean to you


Repeat these steps every day, all day, all the time. Be sure to share this post with everyone you meet, everyone you know. Make sure everyone you know shares it with everyone they know. We need to spread awareness of the signs and tips on how to help. Many people will disregard even the most obvious sign that something is wrong with someone, which will make them feel really guilty if anything happens to the said person.








1 comment:

  1. Such a strong post. Mental Health is an issue that should never be stigmatized. The more people we have that can relate the more lives we can touch.

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