Just talking about mental health isn’t enough. We need the knowledge, skills, and confidence to step up and be there for one another.
What is mental health?
Mental health is the combination of how we think, feel, and act.
We all have mental health struggles sometimes when we are sad, scared, stressed, confused, or going through a tough time - which usually doesn't last very long.
But sometimes we need extra help when struggles last longer than a couple of weeks.
What do mental health struggles look like?
When feelings, thoughts, or behaviors become too much, it can look like:
Intense or distressing emotions
A change that has lasted more than two weeks
Struggle with daily life, causing difficulties sleeping, eating, concentrating, working, enjoying things or relating to others
Withdrawing from relationships
Misuse of alcohol or drugs, thoughts of self-harm, or aggressiveness
Dangerous behaviors or risky decisions
How you can help!
If you have a friend you can see struggling, ask them about it. You can start with these general golden rules:
Say what you see
Show you care
Hear them out
Know your role
Connect to care
Know anyone who needs help?
If you or a friend need help, don't wait. Call 211, a parent, teacher, or trusted adult. No one should suffer alone.