TEENS IN ACTION
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
RACHEL, Teen Advisory Board
I know that the more people we educate about the realities of mental health/suicide, the less they would ostracize those who suffer from such issues. My hope for the future is that I can continue to make positive, local grassroots changes in mental health here in San Antonio through the Alamo Area Teen Suicide Prevention Coalition while also helping rural places like my small village in India become more educated on suicide and mental health.
MATHEW, Teen Advisory Board
Being part of the Alamo Area Teen Suicide Prevention Coalition means that I am able to promote and educate others around me and in my community. My experience with a loved one who struggles has lead me to be an advocate for teen suicide prevention and has influenced me to take a stand against the stigma.
ERICA, Teen Advisory Board
I've witness the struggle and impact of suicide in my community. As a teen in an age of technology and unprecedented connecting with other teens, I have watched new ways people are showing signs of depression and new ways people are hurting other people. I am happy to be raised in a time where teens are taking action to speak their opinions are issues. We need to stand up for our peers who do not feel they have a voice.
IF IN A CRISIS:
Call 911 or take the person to the E.R. or walk-in clinic at a hospital. Do not leave the person until help is available.
"Feelings of sadness or hopelessness, often accompanied by anxiety."
"Declining school performance. Loss of pleasure/interest in social and sports activities. Sleeping too little or too much."
"Major changes in weight or appetite. Inability to concentrate or think clearly. Withdrawal from friends and family and no desire to go out."
"Talking about 'going away', killing oneself, being a burden to others, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain."
"Giving away favorite possessions. Suddenly very happy and cheerful moods after being depressed or sad for a long time."
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