Mental health should be just as important as physical health.


So it's Mental Health Awareness Month and every day I'm going to share a little thought on Mental Health.

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I think I grew up in a time where mental health really wasn't acknowledged as something to give much thought to. You either figured things out or you had "issues".

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After working with young people for over 10 years (and having 2 of my own) I realized there was so much more to this story.

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After all, as adults we are so comfortable attending to kids physical needs. Broken legs, fevers, rashes, infections, cuts, cavities, etc etc... And most of us are not doctors, nurses, dentists. But we are so uncomfortable addressing anything that looks like a mental illness. WHY??

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Well frankly, I think it's because we don't know what to do. I have enough faith in all people who have teens in their life to believe that if they knew there was something they could/should do - they would want to do it.

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The first thing that we must all do, is remove the stigma. It is no wonder that kids don't get the help they need when even the adults in their life believe there is something fundamentally wrong with them for needing help. Yet we don't have that same inner dialogue when they need a doctor for a broken bone.

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So whenever you are confronted with something that seems a little "off" - ask yourself what you would think and what you would do if it were a physical ailment. What would you do if your teen was limping around the house? Would you just ignore it and assume it would get better? Or would you ask them what was wrong and figure out if you think you should take them to the doctor or not?

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Shifting the way you think about mental health is the first step in empowering yourself to learn how to help.

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You may know that I teach Youth Mental Health First Aid - but that it also cannot be taught at this time b/c of COVID. What's the reason we are ok assessing a cut or injury? Does a simple cut require a hospital visit - usually not! But if you can't get the bleeding to stop, maybe... Somewhere along the way we were given information to determine what we should do.

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That's what Youth Mental Health First Aid is for mental health. If you're teen seems sadder than normal does that mean they need professional help? Well... very possibly not - but there are many factors to consider and that's that this class teaches you.

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As mentioned - there are no classes right now... But to sign up to be notified as soon as classes resume complete the link in my bio.

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Until then, question the way you think about mental health and whether or not you would have the same reaction to a physical ailment.

Hi - I'm Marilyn and my goal is to do my part to encourage stronger mental health in young people. I do this by:


1. Teaching a nationally acclaimed class called YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID that teaches adults to recognize and respond to mental health concerns in teens. You can find out more about that here: www.gen-thrive.com/workshops


2. I created a subscription box for teens that send them positivity and encouragement. Reminds them to take care of themselves and that someone really cares about them. It's only $15/month and you can find out more here: www.gen-thrive.com/thrivebox


3. I talk about mental health. Period. One of the biggest issues is the stigma around it and the only way for that to improve is for more people to talk about it. Follow me on ig: @gen_thrive

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