Mental Health Outreach
ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT
The Special Affairs department has been actively working on this website page as one of their goals of this year. This department deals with special issues, including mental health, with a deputy for each issue. This page was also a goal for the Legislative Affairs department, as part of their “Be Healthy” Initiative. This initiative works for both mental and physical health for middle school students.
Your mental health in simple words is the state of your mind. Your mental health is greatly entwined with your physical health, and both should be treated well. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. There is a clear connection between mental health and academic performance. Helping students make the most of their education is everyone's goal. Students struggling with depression or other mental illnesses have a harder time feeling motivated, learning, concentrating, taking tests, etc.
Friends can help increase your sense of belonging, improve your self-confidence and help reduce stress and anxiety. In fact, studies have shown that “those who enjoy close friendships over their teenage years have a lower rate of depression or anxiety later in life.” Friendship is something you never outgrow. If you see anyone who is struggling with their mental health, you can contact any of the calls, chat, or location resources linked for seeking help for your friend. If you are facing difficulty with mental health, feel free to talk to anyone at MCJC or contact any of the professional resources linked.
Alternatives to Self-Harm — Project LETS (Alternatives to Self Harm)
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) (Eating Disorder Line and Help)
Mental Health Resource Center (Information About Different Mental Health Issues, Emotional Well-Being Help, etc.)
The Trevor Project — Saving Young LGBTQ Lives (crisis line and resources, specialized focus on LGBTQ+ Youth)
Your Life Your Voice (Coping Skills, Advice, etc.)
RAINN Get Help (Sexual Assault Hotline)
Mental Health (Information about Mental Health Issues, Resources)
Worried about Suicide? Learn the (Warning Signs of Suicide PDF)