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417 Mental Health Awareness

Depression Signs and symptoms Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness Loss of interest in hobbies or activities Feeling exhausted or “slowed down” Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or oversleeping Appetite and/or weight changes Restlessness, irritability Unexplained aches and pains Thoughts of death or suicide, self harm

Coping Skills: to deal effectively with something difficult Coping Skills Toolbox Self Soothing: comforting yourself through the 5 senses Distraction: taking your mind off the problem for a while Opposite Action: doing something opposite of your impulse that’s consistent for a more positive action Emotional Awareness: tools for identifying and expressing your feelings Mindfulness: tools for centering and grounding yourself in the present moment Crisis Plan: contact info of supports and resources for when coping skills aren’t enough