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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH By 417 Recovery

Depression

Signs and symptoms

Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism

Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness

Loss of interest in hobbies or activities

Feeling exhausted or “slowed down”

Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions

Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or oversleeping

Appetite and/or weight changes

Restlessness, irritability

Unexplained aches and pains

Thoughts of death or suicide, self harm

Sadness vs. Depression

Sadness…

An emotion that all people feel at some point in their life

A natural reaction to emotional upset or pain

Temporary

Depression…

A mental illness, not an emotion

Impairs everyday functioning

Lasts 2 weeks or more

Anxiety

Signs and Symptoms

Worry a lot about everyday things

Trouble controlling worries or nervousness

Feel restless and trouble relaxing

Hard time concentrating

Easily startled

Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

Feel easily tired or tired all the time

Headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains

Trembling

Hard time swallowing

Irritable or feeling “on edge”

Sweating a lot, feeling light-headed, or out of breath

Very sensitive to criticism

Avoiding social interactions, withdrawn, shy

Worry vs. Anxiety

Worry…

Occasional worry is a normal part of life

Controllable

Specific and Realistic

Thoughts and mental images

Anxiety…

Impacts everyday functioning

Difficult to control

Little to no reason

Effects the whole body

What triggers anxiety?

Personality factors

Shyness

Low self-esteem

Sensitivity

Biology

Brain chemistry

Genetics

Being female

Puberty

What can I do?

Coping Skills: to deal effectively with something difficult

Coping Skills Toolbox

Self Soothing: comforting yourself through the 5 senses

Distraction: taking your mind off the problem for a while

Opposite Action: doing something opposite of your impulse that’s consistent for a more positive action

Emotional Awareness: tools for identifying and expressing your feelings

Mindfulness: tools for centering and grounding yourself in the present moment

Crisis Plan: contact info of supports and resources for when coping skills aren’t enough

Building Happiness

By doing these simple tasks frequently, we can build genuine and lasting happiness.

Gratitude

Acts of kindness

Exercise

Meditation

Positive Journaling

Fostering relationships

Get a good nights sleep

How to support each other

Look for the signs

Listen

Talk about what’s going on

Seek help together

Educate yourself

Ask Questions

Speak up if your friend is suicidal

Be kind

Questions?

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417 Recovery
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