“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”
~Catherine M. Wallace
Life experience plays a huge role in stress management. The more life experience we have the more tools we potentially have available to manage our stressful life events. To a child, who possesses less life experience, stressful events can seem catastrophic; hence the crying, screaming, acting out, and other seemingly irrational behaviors. To a child, those behaviors are not irrational; they are the coping tools they have. Be patient with a child when he or she is stressed and help him/her find and learn effective tools for managing his/her stress.
Someone dies from suicide every 18 minutes! Have you ever wondered what to do when you suspect someone may be feeling suicidal? Do you wonder what to say? What to do?
This suicide prevention training is one I recommend for EVERYONE! It's online, it only takes an hour, and it's very inexpensive ($19.95 minus if you use promo code QPRO). This should become as common as CPR as it can save just as many, if not more lives!
I attached the wallet card as a summary of what this intervention requires...and if nothing else, print the card and keep it with you. It can help YOU save a life!
Suicide is the most preventable death!
Some individuals feel the most stress when they are driving; trying to get to the next destination quickly, risking life and limb to get there on time, feeling their heart race, birds (fingers) flying, and curse words boiling their tongues. But did you know that if you speed up by 10 mph on a 10 mile trip (from 65 mph to 75 mph), you will only get there 1 minute and 15 seconds faster?! That's actually enough time to finish a song, complete a mental list, call a family member and say "I love you!" (hands free of course), or just enjoy some silence. It can actually reduce your level of stress to save that 75 seconds for yourself! It's not usually, if at all, worth all the aggression.
Innovative Approach to Men’s Mental Health
Campaign Uses Humor to Help Men Tackle Depression, Divorce and Suicidal Thoughts
PR & Social Media Director, Cactus
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Denver, July 11, 2012 – Man Therapy, a groundbreaking new approach to suicide prevention and other men’s mental health issues, was launched in Colorado today. Man Therapy (TM) reshapes the conversation, using humor to cut through stigma and tackle issues like depression, divorce and even suicidal thoughts head on, the way a man would do it…
“Colorado currently has the 6th highest suicide rate in the nation,” notes Jarrod Hindman, director of Colorado’s Office of Suicide Prevention. “Men between the ages of 25 and 54 represent a significant portion of suicide deaths in the state, and the numbers are on the rise. It is clear that we have to do something to target this difficult to reach audience.”
The purpose of the Man Therapy campaign is to provide men approaching crisis, and their loved ones, a place to go and learn more about men’s mental health, examine their own and consider a wide array of actions that will put them on the path to treatment and recovery. The message is that all men should be aware of their mental health, treat it like they would a broken leg and strive to get better.
“Man Therapy features our hero, the good Dr. Rich Mahogany. He’s a man’s man who is dedicated to cutting through the denial with a fresh approach using his rapier wit, odd sense of humor, no bullshit approach and practical advice for men,” said Joe Conrad, Cactus founder and strategic director. “There exists an age-old stigma that says mental health disorders are unmanly signs of weakness. And our main character and hero, Dr. Rich Mahogany, is dedicated to smashing that.”
The centerpiece of the campaign is the mantherapy.org website, where men and their loved ones will find they have a virtual appointment with Dr. Mahogany. He greets visitors, makes them feel at ease and then provides an overview of what they will find and explore during their visit…
Mary Bowles, PsyD, abd, LMFT