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EDUCATION TOPICS

There are a lot of resources online that talk about mental health and it can be hard to know where to start.

Below you will find an introduction to some mental health topics with videos and links to additional resources.

Below you will find an introduction to some mental health topics with videos and links to additional resources.

ANXIETY

Anxiety is different than fear. Fear happens in response to a present threat. Anxiety happens in response to a future threat.

ATTACHMENT

The way one person connects to another person is their attachment style. As we grow and interact with more people, our attachment style can evolve and change.

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

Everybody has a hard time focusing sometimes and many people have times when they can’t sit still. When it becomes a consistent pattern and is disruptive to daily life, it could be possible a child has an attention disorder.

AUTISM SPECTRUM

Social interactions and communication are the key areas of difficulty for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

BEHAVIOR

Disruptive behavior is a normal part of child development but if it becomes frequent or extreme – and makes it very difficult for the child at school, home or during social interactions – then a closer look is needed.

BIPOLAR DISORDER

The main characteristic of bipolar disorder is to have sustained periods of depression and mania that negatively impact the person’s daily life. The diagnosis of bipolar requires evaluation by a mental health professional who will first rule out other causes.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

In order to know if a child’s mood or behavior is a concern, it is first important to know what is typical. Here’s more information about how children grow and function.

DEPRESSION

Depression is different than feeling sad. When a person is depressed, they do often feel sad but sometimes the most obvious feeling is irritability.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

People with obsessive compulsive disorders feel distressed by their thoughts (obsessions) and find ways to make that anxiety go away (compulsions) – at least for a little while. These thoughts (obsessions) are persistent, intrusive and unwanted.

PSYCHOSIS

While not common, it is important to know that first episodes of psychosis often emerge in young adulthood or even earlier.

SUBSTANCE USE

Not everyone knows that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a mental illness. Instead, some people view it as a failure of morals or willpower. But drug addiction is actually a disease.

SUICIDE

There is no single cause of suicide. It’s important to know the risk factors and warning signs.

TRAUMA

Trauma turns on a person’s internal alarm system, telling the person to run away, fight or freeze. Sometimes that alarm system stays on, even after the danger has passed.

MORE RESOURCES

There are a lot of places in your city that can help, too. Here is a list of some community resources.

The Source • Youth Mental Health Network

CALL TO ACTION

If you or your child need help or have questions, check out our list of community resources and remember,
IT’S OK TO ASK!

IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM

For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

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For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

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