We have listed many Internet and phone-based community resources and hope these will be useful to you.
Coping with the Winter Blues and the Flu
Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression. Winter also brings more colds and the flu. This year, most areas of the country are seeing a major outbreak of the flu. Here are resources to help you and your family cope with the winter blues and fight the flu.
Mental Health Awareness
Learn more about mental health and well-being:
SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Research Center has released a free toolkit for schools which describes common warning signs and causes of suicide, provides best practices on suicide prevention in schools, and provides information about how a school should respond when a suicide has occurred. Topics include crisis response, helping students cope, working with the community, social media, bringing in outside help, and more.
Substance Use Disorder Information
Substance use disorder can cause problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, leaving you feeling isolated, helpless, or ashamed. If you're worried about your own or a friend or family member's substance abuse, it's important to know that help is available. Learning about the nature of substance use and addiction-how it develops, what it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold-will give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it.
Coping with Tragedy
Many people may be worried about staying safe in the community. People may be scared about violence. Below are three documents that may help.
Magellan has established a hotline for those feeling anxious or trying to cope with tragedy: 1-800-327-7451. Please also take a look at the document below for some tips to manage any anxiety or fear you feel as a result of such incidents.
- Recognizing and reducing anxiety in times of crisis: Offers helpful suggestions on ways to stay calm and understand some of the triggers and red flags people may have when processing information about this situation.
- El reconocimiento y la reducción de la ansiedad en tiempos de crisis: Ofrece sugerencias sobre la manera de mantener la calma y entender algunos de los factores desencadenantes y las banderas rojas las personas pueden tener en el tratamiento de información acerca de esta situación.
- Ebola resources: Provides details on the signs and symptoms of Ebola, transmission information, and prevention suggestions.
- Recursos Ébola: Proporciona detalles sobre los signos y síntomas de Ébola, información de transmisión, y sugerencias de prevención.
Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Treating Your Child or Teen
ADHD is a common disorder. It makes it hard for a child to focus and pay attention. Some kids may be hyperactive, or they have trouble being patient. ADHD can make it hard for a child or teen to do well in school or behave at home. ADHD can be treated. Doctors and specialists can help. You should take part in the decisions about your child’s treatment.
Bullying is a serious problem. It can happen anywhere. It most often involves children, teens and young adults. Older adults are bullied too. This often occurs in the workplace. Bullying can cause serious harm, but there are ways to stop it. Everyone can help prevent and stop bullying. No matter who you are, you can influence lives. Everyone needs to be aware of the warning signs and effects of bullying. And the ways to intervene and support the person being bullied and the one bullying others.
Every minute, 24 people become victims of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please see our infographic to learn more about its impact.