Uniting for Youth: Insights From the JED Policy Summit on Student Mental Health
By Rebecca Bauer On October 30, 2023, more than 100 mental health experts, advocates, and allies gathered in Washington, D.C., for the JED Policy Summit: ...
We know that the news these days might be stressful and anxiety provoking.
While stress isn’t always a bad thing, it can sometimes reach an unhealthy level that interferes with our work, school, relationships, and even ability to enjoy life. If that’s the case, it’s time to take action.
Remember to take care of yourself and those around you, and to be on the lookout for signs of distress including:
Here are some things you can do to help manage your own stress and care for others:
It’s always important to prioritize your emotional health and well-being. Remember to take time for yourself. Make sure to get enough exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Try to keep things in perspective. If you’re feeling stressed, try some of these Press Pause techniques:
During this stressful time, be on the lookout for others. In caring for a friend or loved one, here’s what you can do:
1. Let them know you are concerned:
Tell them what you have noticed and why it worries you. Suggestions on how you can start this conversation include:
2. Listen (really, listen):
3. Don’t feel like you have to have all of the answers:
Learn more at jedfoundation.org/help.
Finally, we’re excited to share some good news for mental health and suicide prevention from Washington:
On Friday, September 28, President Trump signed the FY19 Labor HHS and Education Appropriations Bill, which includes a $4.8M increase in funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), increased funding to National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Grants, specifically grants for American Indian/Alaskan Native suicide prevention efforts, and increased funding to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for research. Learn more from our partners at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text, call, or chat 988 for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.
If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.