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Below are some resources that LifeAct has collected to help you learn more about mental health. Check back for frequent updates!

Depression

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Depression, Illustrated

What does depression look and feel like for people who experience it? This is a really creative video that helps show how people with depression visualize their lives, and how depression can feel different for different people.

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HelpGuide.org

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Website with information and resources about depression, including signs and symptoms and coping with depression and suicidal thoughts.

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How Your Brain Works When You're Depressed

This video explains the science behind depression, and how it affects your brain. It goes to show that depression is more than just a feeling or state of being, it is a brain disease--and there's a reason you might be feeling this way.

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Mental Health America

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Website with comprehensive information on a wide variety of mental health topics.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

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This website and organization has resources for young people experiencing mental illness, support groups, as well as resources for families to work through mental illness together.

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Teens Health

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This website has a ton of great information about a variety of topics--if you follow this link and click on Mental Health or Feeling Sad, there are several pages that specifically talk about depression, suicide, coping mechanisms, getting help, talking to your parents, and much more!

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The Hilarious World of Depression

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This is a podcast in which people are interviewed and share their stories about the ups and downs of clinical depression, while also giving some tips and tools to coping with all the forms depression can take. This show can be helpful if you're struggling with your own symptoms or know someone with depression.

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What Suicide Survivors Want You to Know

This video shows people who have survived a suicide attempt, and they tell you their story as well as how they started feeling better.

Anxiety

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Fight - Flight - Freeze: Anxiety Explained

This video briefly explains what anxiety is. It explains how anxiety is necessary but also if there is too much of it, it can be overwhelming and unhealthy, at which point we need to seek help.

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How to calm down when feeling panic

This video is meant to help people feel calm and peaceful in the midst of panicked or anxious feelings--it's always helpful to take a few minutes during your day to focus on peaceful breathing, whether you're feeling anxious or not.

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How We Cope with Anxiety and Stress

Normalizes mental health, therapy and encourages help seeking behaviors. In addition, talks about importance of self-care for teens.

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What Having Anxiety Feels Like

This video is about experiencing anxiety from a teens perspective.

What does treatment for mental illness look like?

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A Therapist Answers Questions You're Too Afraid to Ask

A real therapist answers questions that people may find embarassing and scary to ask about. In addition, the therapist shares their perspective of what role a therapist plays in the journey of therapy and treatment.

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Hey, I'm Here

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This website is amazing--it was created for youth in Ohio, and it explains some treatment options for mental illness, and also provides a link to local resources. If you go to this page, you'll find explore topics about: talk therapy, talking to your doctor, and other forms of treatment.

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What I Learned from Therapy

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People share the lessons they learned from going to therapy, and why they think it is an important tool.

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What I learned in therapy pt. 2

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People share the lessons they learned from going to therapy, and why they think it is an important tool.

How do I talk about it?

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How to talk about Depression with your parents

A helpful video that gives 5 tips to prepare for talking with your parents/family about depression. It might be an awkward or challenging conversation, but it's important to let people know how you are feeling so you can start feeling better with help and support.

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Seize the Awkward

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This website gives tips for talking with your friends about mental health. It also gives information about why it's important to check in with your friends, how to start an awkward conversation, and shares stories from famous people who have struggled with mental health or supported their friends.

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Why we should talk about depression

A video where people are asked on the street why they think we should talk about depression, and why it is important to have those conversations.

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You Matter

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This is a great resource--it is a blog where posts are written by a rotating Blogger Council of individuals between the ages of 13-24 who are passionate about suicide prevention and mental health. It is a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness that was created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Self-care

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10-minute meditation for Anxiety

This is a guided meditation that can help you relax, check in with yourself, and focus on your breath. Meditation is a great skill to practice, and there are so many benefits to taking time in your day to settle your mind and check in.

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HeadSpace

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Headpsace is an app that provides tons of guided meditations with many different focuses. They have topics such as: finding focus, handling sadness, Happiness, Kindness, managing anxiety, self-esteem, sleep, and many more.headsp

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InsightTimer

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Insight Timer is an app that offers many free resources, such as guided meditations in different languages, meditative music, sleep meditation and music.

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Self Care Routine Ideas

In this video, you get to see lots of different self-care ideas--there isn't one self-care technique that will work for everyone, so it's important to try a few and see what you like best.

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Self-Care in High School

In this video, high school students share what they do to practice self-care.

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Self-Care in Middle School

In this video, middle school students share what they do when they feel stressed and overwhelmed.

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Types of Self-Care for Mental Health

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This article explains the different types of self care, and what you can do to take care of yourself in different areas of your life.

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What is mindfulness and why is it important?

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This article explains what mindfulness is and why it is important.

Intersectional mental health

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LGBTQ+ Cleveland

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The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland is a safe place for people in the LGBTQ+ community--they have lots of programs and resources for LGBTQ+ youth in Cleveland. Check out their website for information on their local programs, support groups, and events!

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The Trevor Project

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The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25.

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Therapy for Black Girls

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This is an amazing site and resource which recognizes that the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant. The website has a tool for finding therapists in your area, as well as a podcast that centers on the mental health experiences of black women--it is run by clinical psychologist Joy Harden Bradford and helps demystify therapy itself and the stigma surrounding it.

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Throwing Shade

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This podcast tackles big political and cultural issues facing women, minorities, and the LGBT community in general--the aim is to leave no doubts that these issues can affect you mentally, emotionally, and personally in toxic ways.

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WeRNative

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A comprehensive resource for Native youth BY Native youth, promoting holistic health and positive growth in local communities and the nation at large.

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