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May 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month….Did you know that 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental illness in any given year??  Just like their physical health, a person’s mental health can change over time — so it’s important we know how to talk about it. Talking about mental health can strengthen friendships, aid recovery, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects us all.Below is a scenario that many of you can relate to- take the time to read and respond to one of the discussion question!

“I feel really tired. I have these early classes and sometimes I just can’t get out of bed in the morning. I try to do all my readings but they just don’t sink in, even after reading them over and over. I try so hard at the work, but I’m not getting very good grades. I just don’t think I get it… like I have this group project for class and everyone in my group is so smart and I don’t think my part is going to be any good. I just feel helpless… and I can’t talk to my family about it because my brother’s at school right now on a full scholarship and he’s getting great grades. I feel so guilty because my parents had to pay for everything for me because I couldn’t find a summer job… and my family doesn’t have a lot of money right now. If I loose my entrance scholarship, they’re going to be so disappointed. Most of the time I just feel alone… all my friends went to other universities… they have new friends and their own work and don’t want to hear about my problems.”

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever felt overwhelmed with school, work, and or family obligations? If so, how were you able to handle your stress?
  2. Would you say this teenager is depressed? If yes, why do you think so?
  3. How would you help the above teenager? Would you refer them to someone? Would you give them some encouraging words? Explain.

May 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Yes I have felt over whelmed about school work and family obligation and how I handled my stress was I go to my room pray and listen to some music to calm down and chill I do what I have to do to not get stuck in a situation that might cause me to stress.