Let's face it. It's hard to talk about mental health openly. Although the stress and disruption of the pandemic have led to more open conversations, many are still worried about being honest about the mental health challenges they're facing for the fear of being judged. But as difficult as it is for adults, it's exponentially harder for kids, especially when those around them are holding it in.
There is still a lot of work to be done to break through the stigma of having a mental health challenge. Finding ways to talk about it and seek support are critical to help address the crisis.
Fighting #MentalHealth #myths @MMA and @UFC # champion @TyroneWoodly partners with us to share his story so we can #KnockOut the stigma about mental health issues. To learn more ways you can #work2bewell check out work2bewell.org/wellnessresources for free resources and tools.
Could you talk about mental health as a kid?
When you were young, did you feel empowered to talk about how you were feeling with your family or friends? Tyron wants you to know that "It's ok not to be ok." Learn more.
How do you talk to your kids about mental health?
To help kids feel comfortable in talking about their struggles, try sharing your stories, feelings and emotions. Tyron says, "Talking about mental health is not a weakness." Learn more.
What little things do you do daily to protect your mental health?
Finding ways to take care of yourself each day can go a long way to keeping your mental health on track. Try taking a long shower or even just a few deep breaths. Tyron says, "Don't be too hard on yourself." Learn more.
What advice do you have for teens that struggle with mental health?
It's hard to resist the urge to compare yourself to others, but try put your energy toward what comes naturally to you -- that's your gift. Tyron says, "You're perfect. God made you in a specific way." Learn more.
Work2BeWell is a Providence initiative that promotes emotional well-being and mental health for teens. Their Anti-Stigma Campaign provides resources that give teens and adults tools and resources to promote good mental health and reduce the stigma it carries.
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