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Helping Kids with Depression and Anxiety: 6 Steps for Parents

Being a parent is like being a guide through a big, confusing maze. It can be even trickier when your child is feeling anxious or depressed. The good news is there are steps you can take to help them feel better.  Understanding Anxiety and Depression in Kids  Anxiety and depression aren't just things grown-ups deal with. They are among the most common mental health challenges kids, from ages 3 to 17, face. Anxiety and depression can show up in a number of ways. Kids might have trouble sleeping, stomach issues, headaches, feel worried a lot, have big mood swings, trouble…
Learn to Live Team
June 4, 2024
It can be hard to know how to support a partner dealing with depression.

How You Can Support a Depressed Partner or Spouse

Millions of people experience depression, and it also affects those closest to them. Recent data shows that more than 16 million adults in the United States have depression at some point in their lives. That can have a big impact on our most intimate relationships. You know how hard it can be when your partner or spouse is depressed. Depression is more than just feeling hopeless and sad. People with depression also often feel helpless, guilty, and impatient with others. You can sense your partner's turmoil, and all and want to do is help. It is truly heart-wrenching. Depression can…
It can be hard to talk about mental health and even harder to talk about suicide with teens.
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Teen Suicide: Moving from Tough Talks to Hope

What is more heart-wrenching than a young life ended before it's time by suicide? The last few years have opened our eyes to the troubling state of teen mental health in our country. Between 2007 and 2021, the suicide rate among people 10-24 years old climbed from 6.8 to 11.0 per 100,000. And it's starting early - kids as young as 9 or 10 are thinking about suicide. It's crucial to know how to talk about mental health and suicide with the kids in your life. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, or anyone else working with kids, you…
Get screened for depression - you're not alone!

It’s National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month

If you are feeling depressed, you're not alone! About 29% of Americans are depressed. Here are some things that can help you feel better: Make Physical Health a Priority. Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for depression. Just moving your body can help you feel less tired and sluggish. Try Mindfulness and Relaxation. Make time to meditate, take deep breaths, and relax your muscles to feel calm. Establish a Healthy Sleep Routine. Create a comfortable sleep environment. Limit use of electronic devices before bed. Avoid caffeine close to bedtime. Do Activities You Enjoy. Find…
Learn to Live Team
October 3, 2023
Losing someone suddenly can be devastating. It can have a big impact on people.

Coping with a Sudden Loss 

Losing someone suddenly can be devastating. It can have a big impact on people. The grieving process is different for everybody. Some people may heal more quickly. Others may need more time and support to cope with their loss. They may experience:  Mental effects and strong emotions: When someone passes away suddenly, people feel many intense emotions. Those can include shock, sadness, anger, and guilt. They could also feel very sad or worried all the time. These feelings can be very strong and overwhelming.   Physical effects: The loss can also affect people's bodies. They might have trouble sleeping or lose…
Learn to Live Team
July 28, 2023
Suicide Prevention
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Suicide Prevention: Helping Someone in Crisis

The tragedy of suicide affects thousands of people in the United States every year. The moment of desperation leading to suicide can happen to anyone, regardless of their age, gender, or background. If you know someone who is thinking about suicide, it's essential to take their feelings seriously and offer support. If you are feeling very sad or hopeless, please reach out for support.  Recognizing the Signs of Suicide Risk It's really important to recognize the signs of suicide. When we notice someone might be in trouble, we can offer help early. This might even save their life. Understanding these…
Learn to Live Team
July 6, 2023