When it comes to talking about mental health, it can be quite awkward. Sometimes an awkward situation is the best time to spark up a conversation, though.
For many young people who are going through something they don’t know how to deal with, they are silently reaching out for help, but we often don’t read the signs because we’re not looking for them. So, how do you know when someone needs help who is struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues? One simple way – just ask!
The Ad Council whose mission is to “identify a select number of significant public issues and stimulate action on those issues through communications programs that make a measurable difference in our society”, has created a suicide prevention campaign called “Seize the Awkward” to encourage young people to reach out to friends who might be struggling with their mental health.
The campaign originated from a partnership with the Ad Council, the Jed Foundation, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. According to the campaign, 76% of young adults will turn to a peer for support in a time of crisis. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. This is why it’s important to speak up when you think a friend may be going through something.
Recently, during Mental Health Awareness Month in May, a new rising pop star, Billie Eilish shares that
“It doesn’t make you weak to ask for help. “Sometimes you don’t even have to say anything to someone for them to know they understand. Sometimes it’s about a hug. It’s about someone holding you.”
If you’re reading this, take a moment to think about your friends and loved ones. Are they ok? Are you sure? If you’re not sure, ask them. If you don’t know what to say, Seize the Awkward shares a few opening lines to get the conversation going, such as “I’ve noticed you’ve been down lately. What’s going on?”, or “Seems like you haven’t been yourself lately. What’s up?”
If you are struggling with mental health illness such as depression and anxiety, there’s help for you. Call us at 336-694-9331 to schedule an appointment with Tania Hyppolite, LCSW if you need counseling and therapy. If you feel like your symptoms may require medication management, call us to set up an appointment with Connie Robinette, PMHNP-BC.