Mental Health is Health

Aug. 7. 2021.  Elite Olympic athletes including Michael Phelps, Naomi Osaka, and Simone Biles among others have been shining a long-overdue light on mental health.  Stress can induce anxiety and depression in any one of us; including the 35% of olympic athletes who have reported these health concerns.  Just as we wouldn't hesitate to seek health care treatments and supports for a cardiac issue, it's important to seek health care treatments for mental health issues.  Discerning when, where, and how to seek help can sometimes be a challenge.

If you or a family member or friend is having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please contact:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-8255

or

Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling.

Also, our friends at SPIFFY* have recently shared information about a new statewide initiative to help parents and guardians --the Department of Mental Health (DMH) has created Handhold, a new family-friendly website: handholdma.org created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have been there.

Handhold is available in six languages & has three main sections:

· Should I Worry? Helps parents explore if their kid is just being a kid, or if their behavior is something to worry about. Parents can learn about signs to look for and get suggestions on what to do next.

· What Can I Do? Tips, tools, and strategies that have worked for other families, sorted by topic, and picked by Handhold.

sorted by topic, and picked by Handhold.

· Who Can Help? Carefully selected community organizations and government resources to help families find the right mental health services.

 

 

HEADS Up

Hatfield Embraces Acceptance & Dismantles Stigma, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and supporting mental health in Hatfield:  Join us!

Olympic Athletes & Mental Health

Hampshire County SPIFFY Coaltion

Strategic Planning Initiative For Families & Youth