As parents and mentors we want our children to be happy and healthy. We want to believe they are on the right path and tell us when they are feeling down. We want to believe we are doing a good job guiding young people towards the future.
But our kids don't always tell us everything. What you don't know could be hurting your kids.
"Next time you ask someone how they are doing - don't just settle for "fine". Encourage an honest answer. It could save their life. - Gordon Smith, NAB President &CEO
In this day and age, there are so many outlets for seeking help, but yet as a society we are failing our troubled young adults when we don't recognize their pain.
If you have a son or daughter, or a young friend that seems a little down, encourage them in every possible way to talk to you. Let them know they are beautiful, smart, talented and valuable.
"Teens and young adults who live with mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works." - OK2TALK
The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community of hope for all of those in need." - ok2talk.org
Life is hard. Our young people often aren't prepared, and they need support. Our support.