September 10th is National Suicide Prevention Day, and during these unprecedented times, so many are struggling to find joy amidst the uncertainty of our world. Here at Lauren’s Kids, we know all too well that strength, hope and healing can be found on the other side of pain by first gaining an understanding of what support looks like.
Whether your child has experienced trauma or you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, the most important thing you can do for yourself or your child is finding support. Caregivers often feel alone with their problems and worry about sharing their troubles with someone else. It is essential to find someone who will not judge you and who will listen well. Seek out someone who will accept you or your child’s intense emotions, painful thoughts, and serious concerns. Some good options are finding a therapist trained in a specific specialty to help teach good coping skills or finding a local support group to gain support and understanding. In an instance of abuse or trauma, local advocacy and crisis centers are a tremendous resource and often provide services free of charge.
Unfortunately, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death globally for those aged 15-24 years. But luckily, 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression or other related mental health conditions are treated successfully.
Developing an understanding of mental health is critical to a students’ social-emotional development and overall wellness. Through Lauren’s Kids Safer, Smarter Teens curriculum, as aligned to Florida education rules and standards, students can work through lessons to help build a background of mental health knowledge and learn strategies to gain and maintain mental well-being.