NATIONAL CAUSE - MENTAL HEALTH

 

In 2005, the ANΩ National Convention & Leadership Conference was held in Virginia Beach, VA. During a grand session, National President Emeritus Curtis M. Brown presented about the rise of suicide and depression on college campuses.  He challenged the Alpha Nu Omega family to develop a plan which could counteract the issue on our campuses and in our communities. The challenge required an organizational assessment of our capability in addressing the issue. In 2006, Visionary Founder experienced the loss of one of her children due to suicide. Out of this loss, the Campaign 4 Peace of Mind, Inc. was birthed. Alpha Nu Omega, at that time, became a foundational supporter of this campaign. In 2010, under the leadership of Visionary Founder Russell, ANΩ selected Mental Health as the primary cause of its organization.  As a family, we have been charged to take on this cause and to promote healthy living:  spirit, soul and body.  In 2011, the National Board adopted Hope for Life as the name of the Mental Health Cause.

 

If you are struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK.

 

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

~ 3 John 1:2

 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

~ Philippians 4:7-8

  • I NEED HELP NOW

    Don’t be afraid to reach out if you or someone you care about needs immediate help. Someone is available 24/7.

     

    People often don’t get the mental health services they need because they don’t know where to start.

     

    Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to connect you with the right mental health services.

     

    If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, use these resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students.

     

    Emergency Medical Services - 911

    If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.

     

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255)

    If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Site exit disclaimer. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

     

    SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline – 1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727)

    Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

     

    Information provided by

    http://www.mentalhealth.gov/

  • i want to help others

    You can make all the difference. Find out how you can help someone who may be struggling with mental health issues.

     

    Get Help for Your Friend or Family Member

    Seek immediate assistance if you think your friend or family member is in danger of harming themselves. You can call a crisis line or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

     

    If you think your friend or family member is in need of community mental health services you can find help in your area.

     

    Supporting a Friend or Family Member with Mental Health Problems

    You can help your friend or family member by recognizing the signs of mental health problems and connecting them to professional help.

     

    Talking to friends and family about mental health problems can be an opportunity to provide information, support, and guidance.

     

    If a friend or family member is showing signs of a mental health problem or reaching out to you for help, offer support by:

    • Finding out if the person is getting the care that he or she needs and wants—if not, connect him or her to help
    • Expressing your concern and support
    • Reminding your friend or family member that help is available and that mental health problems can be treated
    • Asking questions, listening to ideas, and being responsive when the topic of mental health problems come up
    • Reassuring your friend or family member that you care about him or her
    • Offering to help your friend or family member with everyday tasks
    • Including your friend or family member in your plans—continue to invite him or her without being overbearing, even if your friend or family member resists your invitations
    • Educating other people so they understand the facts about mental health problems and do not discriminate
    • Treating people with mental health problems with respect, compassion, and empathy

     

    How to Talk About Mental Health

    Do you need help starting a conversation about mental health? Try leading with these questions and make sure to actively listen to your friend or family member’s response.

    • I’ve been worried about you. Can we talk about what you are experiencing? If not, who are you comfortable talking to?
    • What can I do to help you to talk about issues with your parents or someone else who is responsible and cares about you?
    • What else can I help you with?
    • I am someone who cares and wants to listen. What do you want me to know about how you are feeling?
    • Who or what has helped you deal with similar issues in the past?
    • Sometimes talking to someone who has dealt with a similar experience helps. Do you know of others who have experienced these types of problems who you can talk with?
    • It seems like you are going through a difficult time. How can I help you to find help?
    • How can I help you find more information about mental health problems?
    • I’m concerned about your safety. Have you thought about harming yourself or others?

     

    When talking about mental health problems:

    • Know how to connect people to help
    • Communicate in a straightforward manner
    • Speak at a level appropriate to a person’s age and development level (preschool children need fewer details as compared to teenagers)
    • Discuss the topic when and where the person feels safe and comfortable
    • Watch for reactions during the discussion and slow down or back up if the person becomes confused or looks upset

     

    Information provided by http://www.mentalhealth.gov/

  • I want to learn more

    You are not alone. Get more info on mental health, its symptoms, and how to get help.

     

    For Young People Looking for Help

    Mental health problems don't only affect adults. Children, teens and young adults can have mental health problems, too. In fact, three out of four people with mental health problems showed signs before they were 24 years old.

     

    If you’re thinking about harming yourself get help immediately. You can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

     

    What Does “Mental Health Problem” Mean?

    Are you having trouble doing the things you like to do or need to do because of how you feel – like going to school, work or hanging out with friends?

     

    Are you having a rough day? Have you been feeling down for a while? Everyone goes through tough times, and no matter how long you’ve had something on your mind, it’s important that you talk to someone about it.

     

    Talk to your parents or a trusted adult if you experience any of these things:

    • Can’t eat or sleep
    • Can’t perform daily tasks like going to school
    • Don’t want to hang out with your friends or family
    • Don’t want to do things you usually enjoy
    • Fight a lot with family and friends
    • Feel like you can’t control your emotions and it’s effecting your relationships with your family and friends
    • Have low or no energy
    • Feel hopeless
    • Feel numb or like nothing matters
    • Can’t stop thinking about certain things or memories
    • Feel confused, forgetful, edgy, angry, upset, worried, or scared
    • Want to harm yourself or others
    • Have random aches and pains
    • Smoke, drink, or use drugs
    • Hear voices

     

    Learn more about specific mental health problems.

  • resources

    OK2TALK

    The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.

     

    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

    NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

     

    NAMI On Campus

    NAMI on Campus provides information and resources to support students’ mental health and to empower them to take action on their college campuses. It helps to ensure that all students have positive, successful and fun college experiences.

     

    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

     

    The Transition Year

    The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.

     

    Accredited Schools Online

    Accredited Schools Online offers expert advice and school resources for understanding disorders and getting help.

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P.O. Box 39033

Baltimore, MD 21212

1-866-337-1988

Alpha Nu Omega, Inc. is a founding member of the United Council of Christian Fraternities and Sororities.