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Stories, thoughts, and reflections from Mental Health First Aid
December 27, 2017

Offering Hope by Knowing How to Help

Thank you for letting me know I’m not alone. —    Crisis Text Line user Americans tap, swipe or click their…

Be The Difference, News, Suicide
December 22, 2017

This is Opioid Addiction

“They just wanted to stop hurting.” — Jennifer Tafoya, whose 19-year-old stepdaughter, Dominique, died from an opioid overdose They ranged…

Be The Difference, News, Substance Use
December 18, 2017

Mental Illness Leads to More High School Dropouts

Older teens living with depression are twice as likely to drop out of high school than their peers without depression,…

News, Schools, Youth Mental Health
December 15, 2017

Feeling SAD? It Could be Seasonal Affective Disorder

Have you or anyone you know experienced depression that coincided with the changing of seasons? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), more…

Be The Difference, Depression, Healthy Holidays, News
December 13, 2017

Reaching Across the Divide This Holiday Season

We are all so much together, but we are dying of loneliness –Albert Schweitzer It wouldn’t be the holidays without…

Be The Difference, Healthy Holidays, News
December 12, 2017

The Unseen Victims of America’s Opioid Epidemic: Youth in Out-of-Home…

Being safe is about being seen and heard and allowed to be who you are and to speak your truth.…

Be The Difference, News, Youth Mental Health
December 8, 2017

From Hero to Unemployment: PTSD After Pulse

Until four days ago, Cpl. Omar Delgado was lauded as a hero for being one of the first police officers…

Be The Difference, News, Public Safety
December 6, 2017

Holiday Self-Care Tips from the Mental Health First Aid Community

The holiday season can be a time filled with joy, love and family. But financial stress, busy social calendars and…

Be The Difference, Healthy Holidays, News
December 4, 2017

During the Holidays, Remember It’s Not Selfish to Take Time…

When you think of the holiday season, what comes to mind? Is it symbols of jolliness and cheer, or depression…

Be The Difference, Healthy Holidays, News
December 1, 2017

How To #BeTheDifference This December

For many, December marks the start of the holiday season. But the holidays don’t represent a season of joy for…

Be The Difference, Healthy Holidays, News
November 29, 2017

What Does “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Mean for Mental Health?

When I enlisted, it was not possible for openly transgender individuals to serve in the military. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…

Guest Commentary, News, Veterans

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