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Harris Center for Mental Health: Supporting children’s mental health during summer break

With the summer in full swing, many children are looking forward to their well-deserved break from school. While this season of fun, leisure and relaxation provide a much-needed respite from academic responsibilities, it can also present unique challenges to the mental health and wellbeing of children. 

Depression in Males: Understanding the challenges and what families can do to provide support

It’s normal to feel sad or down from time to time. People can get depressed in response to stressful life events such as the loss of a loved one, financial hardships, relationship difficulties or work-related stress.  However, if these depressed thoughts persist and significantly impair a person’s daily life, this could be a possible sign of clinical depression, a serious mental health disorder that requires immediate treatment. 

Suicide risk and prevention: What you can do to help someone in a mental crisis

Everyone at some point in their lives will experience difficulties, challenges and hardships. While we face challenges with our physical health from time to time, we also face challenges that can have a significant impact on our mental health as well. These struggles can stem from a number of factors such as job loss, a broken relationship, loss of a loved one, financial hardships and coping with a scary medical diagnosis.