Bexar CARES Resources
If you are a Bexar CARES community partner, provider, child, youth or family member, we’ve created this section to inspire and empower you. Millions of American children and their families live well with behavioral, emotional and mental health challenges. You can too! Learn how.
January 2018 Tip of the Month:
SHOW THEM HOW IT’S DONE!
- When you show them, you teach them! Your actions show your children how to handle their feeling and behaviors. When you’re feeling angry or frustrated, modeling respectful and patient behavior shows your children the best way to handle tough feeling or situations.
- Magic words are for parents, too. It’s easy to forget in the rush of everyday life- words really matter. Remember to say ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and the really hard one, ‘I’m sorry.’ When you use these words, you children will learn to use them, too.
- Recognize strengths- yours and others. Everyone has strengths and different things to offer other and the world around them. Appreciate what you and others do well.
- Ask for Help! We all need help. No one knows everything or can handle everything alone. When we ask for help, and accept it, our children learn that they can, too.
- Take Care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is a good thing for everyone! Get adequate rest, eat nutritious food, hydrate, and take some time for yourself every week. These are the things you want your children to learn to do, too!
For more tips, visit:
Texas System of Care: Achieving Well-Being for Children and Youth PDF
The goal in Texas is to use system of care statewide as an approach to plan and deliver services and supports to children and youth with serious mental health concerns, as well as their families.
Family Engagement in Services: Being the Expert PDF
Successful engagement strategies that promote and sustain meaningful community, family, and youth partnerships.
Mental Health Awareness Through Wristbands
Written by Michele Wheat
Described as a disease of the brain that causes disturbances in one’s thoughts or their behavior, mental illness affects more than 60 million Americans. The disturbances can range from mild to severe and oftentimes infringe upon a person’s ability to cope with the demands and routines of everyday life. Despite the fact that mental illnesses affect one in four adults and one in five children, there is still a stigma associated with this issue, which is why some choose to not seek help. While awareness of mental illnesses seems to be on the rise, there is much that needs to be done.
Types of Mental Illness
There are 200 million classified forms of mental illness that are broken down into five different categories. These categories are anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia/psychotic disorders, dementias, and eating disorders. Other mental health conditions, such as impulse control and addiction disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are also considered to be mental illnesses. Most types of mental illness affect Americans of all ages, from young children to seniors.
- What Is Mental Health?
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Glossary of Illnesses
- Disability Evaluation Under Social Security: Adult Mental Disorders
- Mental Illness
- Mental Illness Facts and Types
- Mental Health Basics
- Drugrehab.com: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Information
Warning Signs/Symptoms of Mental Illness
While it may seem that a mental illness comes out of nowhere, this is usually not the case. More often than not, there are certain triggers that cause one to have a mental illness. Some people may see certain warning signs and choose to do nothing about them. Others may not even be aware that there are warning signs. Researchers have found that half of all mental illnesses begins by the age of 14 and 75% begin by the age of 24. This is why it’s vitally important for parents to be aware of some of the warning signs of mental illness. Some of the more common warning signs include loss of interest in others, problems with concentration, feeling disconnected, nervousness, unusual behavior, changes in one’s sleep patterns or appetite, and dramatic mood changes.
- Warning Signs of Mental Illness
- Mental Illness Symptoms
- Mental Illness in Children
- Common Signs and Symptoms of Major Mental Illnesses
- Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Emotional Distress
- Four Major Warning Signs for Diagnosing Mental Illness
Can You Prevent Mental Illness?
Thanks to increased awareness, there are more people who are beginning to understand mental illnesses and know the warning signs. These are both crucial elements to getting people the help they need. One way that awareness is being increased is by wearing a colored wristband; a lime green wristband is usually the color to promote mental health awareness. While you can’t prevent a mental illness in the same way that you can prevent a disease, if you can intervene early to get a person with a mental illness the support and treatment that they need, it increases the odds that they will successfully manage their symptoms and minimize the risk of dangerous behaviors or suicide. Self-care is especially important for those with a mental illness, include getting adequate sleep, saying no to drugs and alcohol, and keeping up with their prescribed treatment regimen.
- Sleep and Mental Health
- Facts About Prevention of Mental Illness
- Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being
- Future Looks Promising for Mental Illness Prevention
- Prevention of Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness (PDF)
- Preventing Mental Disorders in School-Age Children (PDF)
How Mental Illness Can Be Treated
If one is diagnosed with a mental illness, there are usually many treatment options available. Psychotherapy and prescription drugs are the more traditional approaches to treating a mental illness. Some alternative types of treatment have also been successful. Some of these alternative approaches include dietary changes, stress-reduction techniques, or brain stimulation treatments. The good news is that there are effective forms of treatment for nearly every kind of mental illness.
- What Is Psychotherapy?
- Mental Health Treatments
- Alternative Approaches to Mental Health Care
- Treatment Options for Youth With Mental Illnesses
- Medications for Mental Health Treatment
- Mental Illness Diagnosis and Treatment
The Importance of Mental Health
The prevalence of mental illnesses in the United States should make people realize just how important mental health is. It is crucial to care for the mind and one’s psychological and emotional well-being. In doing so, they will reap benefits that can include improving their quality of life, having healthier relationships, making good life choices, maintaining their physical health, and discovering their potential. If more people sought to improve their mental health, it would most likely result in less strain on families and less crime and victimization. Taking care of one’s mental health should begin as early as childhood. When one makes a priority out of caring for their mental well-being, it can decrease the chances of being diagnosed with a mental illness and needing professional treatment.
Recall Report is an online resource with information on mental health. We feature information for specific demographics, including men, women, seniors, children, students, veterans, homeless and more. At the same time, we extensively cover a wide range of health conditions, including important topics like abuse, suicide, addiction, eating disorders, PTSD recovery and rehabilitation. For full pages, please visit https://www.recallreport.org/health-information/mental-health/.