Did you know that nearly 4000 Halloween-related accidents occur each year? Falls, unsafe driving, and substance use can increase the chance of injury for yourself and those around you. However, with a little caution, you can still have a fun and safe Halloween.
Here are some tips:
- Be careful when you’re driving. It’s hard to concentrate on the road when you’re driving around with your friends but this is when you need to be the most aware, especially in neighborhoods. It’s dark outside and children and parents may be walking in the streets to get to the next house. Limit distractions like your phone, music, or conversations with friends while you’re behind the wheel. And if anyone is going to drink, make sure there’s a designated driver in your group or take an Uber home.
- It may be tempting to prank others, like egging or TP’ing houses, but it’s never ok to vandalize other people’s homes. Pranks like these are disrespectful; not only that, but there can be some serious consequences if you mess up someone’s property. Let’s stick to treats and not tricks this Halloween.
- Stay in a group. There is safety in numbers, especially if you are in an unfamiliar setting. Watch out for each other and make sure everyone in your group stays near each other. If you need to leave the group, tell others where you are going, have someone come with you and keep your phone on you.
- There are some things you can do to set yourself up for safety: charge your phone before you go out, make sure you tell your parents where you are going, and avoid drinking or drugs so you can be aware of your surroundings.
Even though we may intend to be safe, things do not always go according to plan. If anything happens this weekend that you want to talk about, you can always come to Suite 250. Have a happy Halloween and stay safe!
Stay healthy Chaps,
Katie, Brooke, Chelsey, and Izzy
World Mental Health Day
What you should know
•Depression can happen to anyone and is not a sign of weakness.
•It’s an illness characterized by persistent sadness or irritability and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by difficulty in carrying out daily activities.
•Other signs include withdrawal from others, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fatigue, restlessness and difficulties with schoolwork. You might also be experiencing changes in appetite or sleep patterns.
•You might be inclined to take more risks than normal and sometimes think about harming yourself. •
•There are lots of things that you can do to prevent and treat depression.
What you can do if you are feeling down, or think you may be depressed
• Talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling.
• Seek professional help – your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start.
• Stay connected with friends and family.
• Exercise regularly – even if it’s just a short walk.
• Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.
• Try to keep doing things that you’ve always enjoyed – even when you don’t feel like it.
• Be kind to yourself and try to focus on the positive.
• Congratulate yourself on your achievements – past and present, no matter how small.
Stay Healthy, Chaps!
Brooke, Katie, Chelsey and Izzy
We have all heard a lot about self-care in the past few months but it goes beyond bubble baths and an extra cookie after dinner (although those are great options too!). Self-care means taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Think of yourself like a cup: you can’t give any of your skills or talents to others if your cup is empty.
Let’s make self-care a priority by taking some time this week to identify healthy forms of self-care. We can use these to fill our cups after a busy school-day and prepare us for conquering the next day.
Here are some suggestions:
Again, these are only suggestions; there are many other ways to take care of yourself that may be a better fit for you.
Don’t forget, you can always reach out to us for more self-care tips. We are here to help!
Stay healthy, Chaps,
Katie, Brooke, Izzy, and Chelsey
Parents can play a key role in early detection of warning signs and behaviors indicating that a child may be considering suicide. Trouble focusing, increased withdrawal from family, friends, and school, a lack of interest in favorite activities and risk-taking behaviors are a few signs that indicate suicide risk.
Research has found that about 90% of individuals who die by suicide experience mental illness. A number of other things may put a person at risk of suicide, including:
- Prolonged stress.
- Age. People under age 24 or above age 65 are at a higher risk for suicide.
- A recent tragedy or loss.
- A family history of suicide.
- Substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol can result in mental highs and lows that exacerbate suicidal thoughts.
- Intoxication. More than one in three people who die from suicide are found to be currently under the influence.
- Access to firearms.
- A serious or chronic medical illness.
- Gender. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide.
- A history of trauma or abuse.
- Agitation and sleep deprivation
This year we are challenging everyone to #BeThe1To ASK, BE THERE, KEEP THEM SAFE, HELP THEM CONNECT, FOLLOW UP.
BE THERE - Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful by after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.
KEEP THEM SAFE - A number of studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently suicide rates overall decline.
HELP THEM CONNECT - Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.
FOLLOW UP - Studies have also shown that brief, low-cost intervention and supportive, ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services.
Crisis Text Line - Text “HELLO” to 741-741
National Suicide Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Trevor Lifeline
MCOT – Mobile Crisis Outreach Team
Finally, just a reminder that there is tons of support at school, including two UT School of Social Work interns this year. Contact us at any time!
Stay Healthy, Chaps!
Katie, Brooke and Chelsey