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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.*
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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.
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Tips for talking to your kids about mental health
Signs to look for
- 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
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
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