ARISE “20 Tips for Dealing with Depression” for Middle and High School At-Risk Youth
According to the CDC Teens ages 12-17
36.7 % have persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes feelings of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how a teenager thinks, feels and behaves and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems The following can trigger depression: traumatic events (such as divorce of a parent, death of a loved one, family or friendship problems). Since the pandemic, which was a traumatic event, the mental health of youth is at-risk and has become more widespread.
ARISE created “20 Tips for Dealing with Depression” which is a simple tool to engage at risk youth in an open discussion about ways to deal with depression. This book is not a therapeutic tool, but a way to sit down with a group of middle and high school at-risk youth to talk about things that may help them in dealing with life’s problems.
ARISE Digital Book “Only Joking” a Life Skills Lesson about Threats for Middle and High School
I was “Only Joking” can be a threat.
Take it seriously and report the incident.
It can save lives.
From Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a total of 169 people have been killed in mass shootings at schools.
The latest mass shooting was on May 24, 2022, an 18-year-old Salvador Ramos fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers and wounded seventeen other people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Jocelyn Rodriquez, 19 an employee at the Wendy’s restaurant where Salvador Ramos worked said “He would curse at the customers, at the mangers, and even at her. She recalled that once he told her, I’m going to shoot up the Wendy’s, but she never took his threats seriously, she said, I thought he was only joking”.
THREATS HAVE CONSEQUENCES
A threat is any words, written messages or actions that threaten bodily harm, death, damage to real or personal property, or any injury or death to any animal belonging to that person. Take this seriously and tell someone. It is not snitching.
Snitching is reporting a wrongdoing, when the situation is safe, and you can handle it yourself. Telling is alerting someone that the situation is not safe. Be on the safe side and tell someone.