CAARE-BD in the Community
High schoolers learn about mental health and mental illness
CAARE-BD was invited to a local charter high school to talk about anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. Dr. Blake Novy, our postdoctoral researcher, and Rose Marie Larios, our research assistant, answered students’ questions and educated them on coping mechanisms for test anxiety. Additionally, we discussed the differences between mental health and mental illness. What is worry and sadness, and when do we need to speak to a medical professional or licensed therapist about our worries and sadness? What are the behaviors and attitudes that may be warning signs of suicide?. Lastly, we provided students with resources to help manage their feelings and give them an outlet to talk, such as websites, social media sites, and apps.