Wake up. Go to school. Get tons of homework. Come home. Procrastinate. Forget homework. Sleep in. Big test. Did not study. Group project. No time. Stress. Stress. Stress! Everyone goes through all of this at some point in their school career and sometimes it can overwhelm students.

School is not the only thing that brings stress. Work, sports, clubs, family life can all bring people tons of stress and anxiety. What exactly do you do if you are feeling stressed or anxious about something?

Do you try to ignore it and put on a fake smile to not show people what is really going on? Do you cry about it at night and then act like it never happened? Do you turn to harmful things that take the pain away for a split second before reality slaps you in the face again?

This is all a part of your mental health. According to mentalhealth.gov, 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. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Many factors also go hand-in-hand with mental health problems. These include biological factors, life experiences, and family history. Some signs of having mental health problems include: eating or sleeping too much or too little, pulling away from people and usual activities, having low to no energy, feeling numb or as if nothing matters and a lot more.

Please visit www.mentalhealth.govfor the rest of the warning signs if you believe you or someone you know might know is going through these warning signs.

There is help you can get however, if you are experiencing any of this.  This is nothing to be ashamed of and nothing worth hiding from people.  Your or someone else’s mental health might become worse if something is not done about it.

At Lebanon High School, there is a club called SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).  They are currently focusing on mental health, but that is not the only thing they will be focusing on this year.  The SADD group is working on creating announcements that tell students who to talk to when help is needed, how to talk to a friend or family member you are concerned about, self-care, how to handle holiday stress, and how to handle loss of loved ones around the holidays.  SADD meets on Gold Tuesdays during Homeroom.

Mrs. Shover and Mrs. Livesay are the sponsors of SADD and would gladly answer any questions you might have about the club and how to get involved or if you have any questions about the topics they are discussing.