Suicide Pact Puts the Spotlight on Teen Mental Health
Monday, July 10, 2017

Last summer, young girls from Wapekeka First Nation in northwestern Ontario, Canada, made a suicide pact. Since then, three of the girls have taken their own lives, leading officials to declare a state of emergency. This month alone, two 12-year-olds and a 14-year-old from Indigenous communities in Ontario have died by suicide. According to the Centre for Suicide Prevention, the suicide rate of the Inuit youth in Canada is 11 times higher than the national average and among the highest in the world. In the U.S., youth suicide rates in American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) communities are also at crisis level. Programs and support in these communities are limited, so some teens are forming their own groups to try to help others who are in crisis. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number. In the U.S. you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In Canada, call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. To find international helplines, visit Suicide.org. .. read more..

Late-Night Phone Use Linked to Mental Health Issues
Monday, June 26, 2017

Doctors say you should cut down on screen time before bed, and avoid using devices at least an hour before you go to sleep. Now a new study says teens who use their phones late at night are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, increased depression and aggressive behavior, lower self-esteem, and a lower ability to cope with stress. The study of 1,101 Australian high school students aged 13 to 16 found that nearly 80 percent used their phones to text or take calls late into the night. Sleep plays an important role in your health and well-being, and a few small changes in your bedtime routine can make a big difference in how you feel. .. read more..

Teens Are More Stressed Than Adults
Monday, June 26, 2017

Year after year, studies show that teens are stressed and their stress levels rival that of adults. School, relationships, and money are some of the most common stressors, but national and world issues are also becoming a greater concern. Stress isn’t entirely bad: sometimes small amounts can motivate you to get things done, but constant levels of high stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are small steps you can take to start reducing your stress. .. read more..

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