The You Count Movement hopes to use their logo to be the universal symbol for mental health awareness that transcends language and cultural differences and fosters global understanding. This symbol represents inclusivity, open dialogue, and mutual support. Please visit our website and online store to support this cause.
Swipe Athletics, founded by Mason Rosado and three other Babson College students, looks to revolutionize racket sports in helping to solve the frustration of dealing with sweat during intense tennis and pickleball matches. That's why they've engineered a game-changing solution: signature shorts with a built-in towel stitched seamlessly into the side. Say goodbye to distractions caused by sweat and hello to uninterrupted focus on your game. Sports and exercise are a great way to improve and maintain good mental health. Proceeds go to the Matias Rosado Foundation.
Listen and show support.
Don't try to "fix it"
Chances are, if someone is sharing with you about their mental health or thoughts of suicide, they really trust you.
Reassure them that you hear what they are saying, are taking it seriously, that you’re there with them, and that you care.
Rather than dominating the conversation, or trying to fix anything right away — listen actively and show empathy for what they're going through.
Try saying something like: “I’m so glad you’re telling me about how much has been going on, and how you’re feeling. Thank you for sharing this with me.”
A common myth in suicide prevention is that bringing it up increases suicidal tendencies, but research shows the exact opposite. It will not put the idea in their head or push them into action. Often, they’ll be relieved someone cares enough to hear about their experience.
#TALK AWAY THE DARK
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic conversation about mental health – and often, just talking about it can be the first important step in understanding where someone is with their mental health.
Here are some conversation starters:
How often do you have these thoughts?
When it gets really bad what do you do?
What scares you about these thoughts?
What is one thing you are looking forward to?
How do you feel about the future, even if it’s just tomorrow?
What are some things that make you feel stressed or anxious?
What coping strategies help you?
Help them get help.
Work with them to find resources that can assist.
Suicide is a deeply complex and personal issue, and not everyone who has a mental health condition or experiences risk factors contemplates suicide. Nevertheless, it is vital to know the warning signs!
•Talking about wanting to die.
•Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, trapped or helpless.
•Feeling unbearable emotional or physical pain.
•Talking about being a burden to others.
•Withdrawing from family and friends.
•Saying goodbye to family and friends.
•Putting affairs in order.
•Taking great risks that could lead to death.
•Displaying mood swings.
•Making a plan or looking for ways to acquire lethal weapons or drugs.
•Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
This is the area where MRF has the most opportunity to lean in. We want to help people find the right resources at the right time. We want to provide opportunities for connection and comfort, not only for young people suffering from mental illness, but for those who are by their side offering support. And we want to encourage activities and organizations that promote physical wellness for young people and recognize the important connection to their overall mental health.
It is unfathomable to believe that mental illness is still not recognized as a disease by some. And more than that, an epidemic. There is also a stigma attached to having real, open and honest conversations about suicide.
We want to put tools in the hands of those closest to our children – parents, friends, teachers, coaches, clergy – to help them recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness so that we can help to encourage early intervention.
There is a surprising lack of research and understanding about the human brain. As a result, much of the treatment for mental illness is a frightening combination of trial and error. While we recognize that we may not reach the scale in our fundraising efforts to fund significant research directly, we will actively look for opportunities to create visibility and awareness for those who are conducting important studies so that we can get some much-needed insight into what causes this horrible disease and how we can provide better treatment options.