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Posted on: May 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

OCMH - Awareness Month 2022 - 4 - Social Media

OCMH - Awareness Month 2022 - 1 - Social Media*Remember #YouAreNotAlone. 

*It’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week! #MakeTheEffort and reach out to a young person in your life. #ConnectionSavesLives

*Loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Social connections = better physical and mental health, and longer lives.

OCMH - Awareness Month 2022 - 2 - Social Media*The smallest actions can make the biggest difference.

*Research has found that small interactions with strangers or acquaintances can improve your wellbeing. Physicians have also found that interactions as short as 40 seconds substantially reduced patient anxiety – and had lasting impact months later.

*In less than one minute, with just small talk or a quick interaction, you can improve someone’s mental health and emotional well-being.

OCMH - Awareness Month 2022 - 3 - Social Media*Relationships matter. How can you prioritize your friends and family? 

*Is there someone you’ve been meaning to reach out to? Scientists have shown that children who have at least one supportive adult in their lives are able to thrive, despite trauma and LGBTQ youth who have at least one accepting adult were 40% less likely to attempt suicide.
*Supportive relationships enhance both your and the other person's well-being. They make a positive difference in both children and adults' lives – and in some cases – can save kids' lives.

OCMH - Awareness Month 2022 - 4 - Social Media*Here's a reminder to unplug and reconnect with your friends and family.
*We challenge you to stop the scroll and connect with a friend.

*Research shows that heavy social media use hurts youth mental health. Taking social media breaks and limiting the amount of time you spent online − especially on social media sites – can have a big impact on your mental health. If you like connecting through social media, limit yourself to about an hour a day. 

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