As children across the country are starting their school years, their parents and guardians are taking steps to make sure they’re equipped with the needed supplies and clothes that fit. Let’s be sure to equip them with the tools to help prevent bullying. If not stopped, bullying results in real and lasting mental health effects.
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Each June, SAMHSA works with National Center for PTSD in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to raise awareness of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD refers to a mental health condition that some people develop after witnessing or experiencing a life-threatening or unusually violent event. Although PTSD is often associated with military combat, it can have many causes, including domestic violence, abuse or neglect, sexual assault, accidental injury or natural disasters.
You may have brought the dark, but together we will shine a light.Students of Parkland High School wrote these lyrics to their song, “Shine,” in response to the violence that took the lives of their classmates and teachers in February. These lyrics remind us that mass violence affects not only those who are killed or physically injured, but those who are traumatized by losing loved ones or by witnessing violence. However, the lyrics also remind us that we can heal from trauma.
The rash of highly visible, racially-charged violence in cities like Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, McKinney, Texas, Charleston, South Carolina, highlights a critical mental health issue and a public health crisis. Experiencing and witnessing violence or traumatic events can adversely affect one’s mental health. Children and adults in these situations can experience trauma-related disorders that interfere with healthy functioning.School children exposed to violence may have difficulty sleeping, concentrating, and maintaining attention, which puts them at-risk for poor school performance.