America is going back to school! There are so many preparations that need to take place before the homeroom bell rings. As always, the range of emotions for each child — and caregiver alike! — run the gamut from “really excited” to “super stressed.” This school year, we at SAFE Project encourage you to add a “Mental Health Checkup” to your child’s list of back-to-school preparations.
In October 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) together declared a National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health. This was largely due to soaring rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, and loneliness that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as existing disparities, adversities, and inequities for people with mental health concerns.
17% of adolescents ages 12-17 had a major depressive episode, and 2.7% had a co-occurring MDE and a substance abuse disorder in the past year.
— SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use
SAFE Project stands solid on the view that there is no shame in asking for and receiving help for mental health challenges. In 2020 we launched the No Shame Movement as a way to provide large-scale stigma reduction education and empower advocacy and action on the topic, and this year we are proud to offer our new and revamped version of the No Shame Education Program.
Take the No Shame Pledge
No Shame Education Program
Teen Mental Health
Does My Child or Teen Need Mental Health Support?
Signs of an overdose may include loss of consciousness, being awake but unable to talk, breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic, or has stopped, for lighter skinned people, the skin tone turns bluish purple, for darker skinned people, it turns grayish or ashen, choking sounds, or a snore-like gurgling noise, vomiting, pulse (heartbeat) is slow, erratic, or not there at all.
Help and Support
Dial or text 988 on your phone for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Have a Safety Plan
Having a safety plan can help reverse the silence on the addiction epidemic. As a harm reduction tool, SAFE Project’s downloadable Safety Plan with tips can help individuals who use drugs prevent overdose. Display your safety plan where it is easily seen or accessible and give your safety plan to people you trust will use it.
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