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With 1 in 5 adults in America living with some form of mental illness, you certainly aren’t alone. It’s important to remember that it isn’t your fault, and isn’t the fault of anyone around you. It just happens.

It’s helpful to understand what you’re experiencing by reading articles and research, and we’ve collected information by some of the best experts in the mental health field for you.

Depression & Suicide in Children & Teens

The emotional transition to college can be challenging for young adults. More college students are struggling with depression than in the past. Learn how to spot if your child is having trouble dealing with this new stage of life — and how you can help. Keep Reading

As a parent, you need to be prepared for dealing with problems—big and small. That includes taking care of your child’s mental health. It’s important to step up when things get serious. Teen depression is not as rare as we’d like it to be. In fact, a 2016 study shows that 12.8% of US adolescents had at least one major depressive episode.  Keep Reading

Symptoms caused by major depression can vary from person to person. To clarify the type of depression your teen has, the doctor may use one or more specifiers, which means depression with specific features. Here are a few examples. Keep Reading

Depression & Suicide in College Students

The percentage rise in students seeking appointments at counseling centers between 2009–10 and 2014–15, even though student enrollment grew by only 5 percent during that time, according to a survey of 139 college and university counseling centers. Keep Reading

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conducted a national survey of college students living with mental health conditions to learn about their experiences in school. NAMI designed the survey to hear directly from students about whether schools are meeting their needs and what improvements are needed to support their academic experience. This survey revealed that more than 62 percent of survey respondents are no longer attending school for a mental health related reason. Keep Reading

Suicide is a leading cause of death among college and university students in the United States. In addition, many other college and university students have suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide. Suicide and suicidal behaviors are a major concern for colleges and universities, and efforts are underway to introduce suicide prevention programming on many college and university campuses. Keep Reading

Depression & Suicide in Adults & the Elderly

Suicide is an important problem among older adults. Suicide rates are particularly high among older men, with men ages 85 and older having the highest rate of any group in the country.1 Suicide attempts by older adults are much more likely to result in death than among younger persons. Keep Reading

A little after 10 a.m. on June 5, police responded to a call made by a housekeeper at an upscale Manhattan apartment. Inside, they found the body of legendary fashion designer Kate Spade, who had hanged herself in apparent suicide. Spade left behind a note addressed to her husband and daughter, yet nothing she wrote could answer the question that devastated her friends and family and rang through media reports in the following days Keep Reading

Helping someone with depression can be a challenge. If someone in your life has depression, you may feel helpless and wonder what to do. Learn how to offer support and understanding and how to help your loved one get the resources to cope with depression. Here’s what you can do. Keep Reading

Depression is less prevalent among older adults than among younger adults but can have serious consequences. Over half of cases represent a first onset in later life. Although suicide rates in the elderly are declining, they are still higher than in younger adults and more closely associated with depression. Keep Reading

Race, Gender, and Sexuality

Each one of us can play a vital role in ensuring that all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are provided with safe, accepting and supportive environments at home, at school and in their communities. As a parent or educator, you can be a lifeguard for your children or students by understanding the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and letting the youth in your life know that support is always available if they need it. Keep Reading

There are multiple and public reports of suicide attempts and deaths among transgender youth. It is clear that many people in our community – transgender people, their families, and other allies – are experiencing trauma in response. A lot of good folks are also looking for meaningful ways to strengthen and support our community and one another. Here’s some information that may be helpful. Keep Reading

Early life stress from racial discrimination puts African Americans at greater risk for accelerated aging, a marker for premature development of serious health problems and perhaps a shorter life expectancy, according to a study led by a Georgia State University psychology researcher. Keep Reading

General Topics

Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. It’s important to measure how common mental illness is, so we can understand its physical, social and financial impact — and so we can show that no one is alone. These numbers are also powerful tools for raising public awareness, stigma-busting and advocating for better health care. Keep Reading 

New and updated training and guidance modules for the QualityRights Programme are now available. The updated modules cover topics such as mental health, disability, human rights and recovery; strategies to end forced treatment, seclusion and restraint; and establishing peer support groups. A self-help tool for recovery is also now available. Keep Reading

There is a commonly held perception in psychology that enquiring about suicidality, either in research or clinical settings, can increase suicidal tendencies. While the potential vulnerability of participants involved in psychological research must be addressed, apprehensions about conducting studies of suicidality create a Catch-22 situation for researchers. Keep Reading

We hope you will find these materials useful. Here are a few ideas for dissemination: health-care centres, doctors’ surgeries, clinics, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, supermarkets, leisure and social clubs, places of work, places of worship, and public transport. Keep Reading

At work you have to weigh the advantages against the disadvantages of being open about a mental health condition. Consider the potential negative impact on things like stigma from coworkers against your need for special accommodations, which are considered part of your civil rights. Stigma and stereotypes can also lead to discrimination. There are laws in place that protect you from discrimination and unfair practices on the job. Keep Reading

Everyone experiences stress. Sometimes it can help you focus and get the task at hand done. But when stress is frequent and intense, it can strain your body and make it impossible to function. Finding effective ways to deal is crucial to living well. Keep Reading

Social Media

The use of social media for health applications, particularly in the public health domain, is a rapidly growing area of research. For example, social media has been leveraged to monitor infectious disease outbreaks and understand prescription drug and smoking behaviors. Keep Reading

What is healthy vs. potentially problematic social media use? Our study has brought preliminary evidence to answer this question. Using a nationally representative sample, we assessed the association of two dimensions of social media use—how much it’s routinely used and how emotionally connected users are to the platforms—with three health-related outcomes: social well-being, positive mental health, and self-rated health. Keep Reading

The rapid growth of social media over the last decade has established an entirely new medium for human interaction. Online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have allowed people in every corner of the world to be connected 24/7. Keep Reading 

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has released Suicide and Social Media: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers. Developed with physicians and prevention experts, it offers guidance for adults to help young people safely navigate social media. Keep Reading

This information is not a substitute for professional help. If you know someone is in danger please dial 911 or Text 741741 or call the National Suicide Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.