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The Second Pandemic



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an increase in suicide attempts among 12- to 17-year-olds, especially younger girls, during the Covid-19 pandemic and evidence shows that this worsened with social distancing orders and lockdowns. It is likely that not having access to teachers, friends, and mental health support services took an increasing toll on the mental health of many people. Other triggers might include anxiety over family finances and substance abuse. It’s important now more than ever to pay attention to our mental health and be watchful for early signs of depression, in ourselves, our friends or family. These may include: .

  • Depressed or irritable mood

  • Sleep problems (i.e., sleeping too much or too little; sleeping mainly during the day)

  • Low motivation or change in interests (i.e., not being interested in what you used to enjoy)

  • Excessive guilt

  • Unrealistically low self-image

  • Significantly lower energy levels

  • Change in self-care (i.e., not showering anymore)

  • Significantly worse concentration (i.e., sharp decline in grades or performance)

  • Changes in appetite (i.e., eating too much or too little)

  • Agitation or severe anxiety/panic attacks

  • Suicidal thoughts, plans or behaviors — including self-harm (i.e., intentionally cutting or burning yourself)


(Intermountain Healthcare)

If you have the symptoms above, please reach out to a trusted adult and friend.

If you are feeling suicidal, please call 1-800-273-8255 or click here for more helpline options!


What You Can DO:


Maintain Support Systems

Having a support system is so important for coping with depression, as you’ll need someone to give you a positive perspective when you feel down. It’s natural to want to isolate yourself from friends and family when depressed, and even withdraw from activities. But as hard as it may be, it’s vital for you to continue social interactions and maintain your support circuit. I know how difficult it can be to admit you need help, but know it doesn’t make you weak and it is the first step to getting the help you need.

Take Time to Do a Good Deed

Personally, one thing that elevates my mood is being there for others. Not only does it give you a new support line, but it helps you realize that you’re not alone in what you’re going through! Always have at least one person you can talk about your feelings with. You can even ask a family member to check in with you daily, if they’re not already doing so.

Exercise

Exercise has been scientifically proven to alleviate some depression symptoms over time. .. When feeling depressed, exercise is often the last thing one wants to do. But it helps your brain’s chemistry, improves stress, and allows you to build resilience that you can use in other areas of your life. Working out releases endorphins that improve your mood, which is why many experience a ‘runner’s high’ !


Sources: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/11/suicide-attempts-among-young-girls-surge-by-more-than-50percent-during-pandemic-cdc-says-.html

If you are feeling suicidal, please call 1-800-273-8255 or click here for more helpline options!

Thank you for reading!


Love,


Tiffney