The You Matter Campaign is all about celebrating every person's value and worth! Our goal is to help students remember that their life matters, that we care about them, and that there are many resources available on campus and in our community that can help them in times of need.
Eat healthier... drinking more water and less caffeine. more veggies and fruit and less sugar.
Get enough sleep.... homework is important but so is getting to bed at a reasonable time every night. Getting enough sleep can help you to manage your stress and eat better. Teens need 8-10 hours of sleep each night to function best.
Cut back on your screens... set your phone aside while you are doing homework. And try turning it off an hour before you go to bed so your brain has time to start relaxing and shutting down. A study in the journal Child Development shows nighttime usage of a cell phone can increase anxiety and depression in teenagers and reduce self-esteem.
Stay active... get up and increase your heart rate. Walk around or go for a bike ride. Aerobic exercise releases endorphins, brain chemicals that boost your mood naturally.
Breathe... practice mindfulness. Feel your breath. Follow the sensation of your breath as it goes out and as it goes in. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment. This simple exercise can help relieve stress.
Teens are under a lot of pressure to look perfect and be perfect whether it means getting straight A's, being the best on the team.... Many are working towards the common goal of getting into college.
September is also National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and The Wellness Connection is committed to spreading the word! Our goal is to promote resources and awareness around the issues of mental health, stigma reduction, suicide prevention, and how you can help yourself or others.
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background and it is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people.
If you or someone you know needs support, try one of the following resources:
- Contact the Mental Health Crisis Line by texting "Courage" to 741-741
- Make an appointment with a mental health counselor.
- Call the SB County Access Line 888.868.1649 to connect with county mental health services
- Call the SB County Access Line 888.868.1649 to connect with county mental health services.
- In an emergency, always call 911
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