An Example of Suicide Prevention Being About Many Different Things

An Example of Suicide Prevention Being About Many Different Things

For some people dealing with anxiety and depression, more exercise or time in nature might help. For a cross-country athlete, I doubt that is what they are lacking. The comments from the researchers in the article above made it clear to me that there are a multitude of reasons why the rate among student-athletes has been getting higher. That means the solutions are likely to include various options as well. 

That’s not a bad thing. It just means we have to find what works best for us individually. 

As I’ve repeatedly said, find what works for you and stick with it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or convince you to stop doing something that works for you. Don’t give up if what your friend or an online influencer does that works for them doesn’t work for you. Every one of these lives is worth the effort to find what will make them want to stay. That includes you. 

Sharing – Can brief text messaging reduce repeat hospital-treated self-harm?

Sharing – Can brief text messaging reduce repeat hospital-treated self-harm?

When someone gets an automated text that checks in with them on a regular basis, there is an apparent impact that is worth investigating more.

Just imagine what the impact could be if those texts were from friends. What if real people took a moment to check in more often?

I’m feeling a little guilty about this myself. I have some people I need to check in with more often.

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Sharing – Does childhood adversity dilute life’s meaning? New research reveals surprising findings.

It doesn’t have to be a grand purpose either, just something that makes you want to return each day. It can be wanting to learn something new, be there for the important days for a friend or family member, see what happens with Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce, or whatever makes you want to get up the next day to be part of it. That moves us to healing, showing up for our lives each day. That, to me, is purpose. What keeps you here? What keeps you connected to other people?

Do more of that.

Sharing – Wording On Social Media Can Influence Views On Mental Health

Sharing – Wording On Social Media Can Influence Views On Mental Health

I’m going to consider this as I write going forward. Not that I’ll suddenly become the source of toxic positivity, but I will think more about hope, healing, and growth because as hard as many things are, there is hope. We should remind people of that.

If you plan to talk about mental health topics, take a look at the research.

Blaming Social Media for Mental Health Issues is a Cop Out to Avoid Harder Decisions

Blaming Social Media for Mental Health Issues is a Cop Out to Avoid Harder Decisions

What I read in this matches what I see in real life. Some people spend a lot of time on social media doing things that are bad for their mental health. (Comparing their lives to the ultra-filtered images they see on social media, filling their feed with information that is bad for their mental health, etc.) while others use social media to connect with an online support network.

Given that, the calls for banning social media use for kids seem odd, but they are based on that being the easy thing. Blaming big tech will never be unpopular, and there is a possibility that some people might be better off not using social media as much.