Mental Health and Wellness

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    Suicide Prevention:

    Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

    Every year thousands of individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

    September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention.

    National Suicide Hotline

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention



    What is anxiety?

    Anxiety Definition from WebMD

    Five ways to deal with anxiety

    Your Adolescent - Anxiety and Avoidant Disorders


    What is depression?

    Depression Definition from WebMD

    Five ways to help yourself when depressed.

    Eating Disorders:

    Definition, Warning Signs and Help for Eating Disorders

    Help with Eating Disorders

    Nutrition and Healthy Choices


    Substance Abuse

    Partnership for Drug Free Kids

    National Institute on Drug Abuse of Kids

    Texas Department of Health and Human Services - Help for Substance Abuse

    Texas Teen Drug Rehab

    Hotlines and Web Sites for Teens
    According to experts, you should seek help immediately if you or someone you know is thinking about self-harm or suicide. Below is a list of resources:



    National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    Both toll-free, 24-hour, confidential hotlines which connect you to a trained counselor at the nearest suicide crisis center.

    Safe Place: 1-888-290-7233
    Project Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis through a network of qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses in 32 states. Call the hotline to find out if the program operates in your state, or look online.

    National Alliance of the Mentally Ill: 1-800-950-6264
    Toll-free, confidential hotline operating Mon.-Fri., 10 am- 6 pm (EST). Trained volunteers provide information, referrals, and support to anyone with questions about mental illness.

    The Trevor Project: 866-4-U-TREVOR
    The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Helpline is available as a resource to parents, family members and friends of young people as well. Visit for more information and resources for young people, including “Dear Trevor,” an online Q&A forum for non-time sensitive questions.

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
    The Web site for this 24-hour, confidential hotline offers details about how to call if you need help, how to identify suicide warning signs, and information for veterans experiencing mental distress.




    The Jed Foundation
    The Jed Foundation works to reduce the stigma students feel about having or seeking treatment for emotional problems. It provides safe, accessible resources for students to help themselves or a friend.

    A program of the Jed Foundation, ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. The Jed Foundation provides ULifeline to all colleges and universities free of charge, regardless of the size or type of institution. Currently, more than 1,200 colleges and universities participate in the program. If your school does not participate, you can still access information on the Web site including suggestions for helping friends or family members suffering from mental illness and links to other online resources.

    The Jason Foundation, Inc.

    The Jason Foundation provides information, education programs and resources to help in the fight against the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide.

    The National Association for School Psychologists

    Offers extensive information for teens through its NASP Crisis Resources link.

    The Suicide Prevention Action Network USA
    A suicide prevention organization dedicated to generate grassroots support among suicide survivors.

    Families for Depression Awareness
    An organization that helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders, and prevent suicide. Its Web site contains helpful resources, and inspirational stories about recovering from mental illness.

    American Association of Suicidology
    AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. Its Web site includes resources for helping those who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, and inspirational stories from suicide attempt survivors.

    Depression Forums

    A supportive, informative Web site that offers a caring, safe environment for members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.


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