Hope Means Everything.
While Hope Means Nevada is about raising awareness around mental health and teen suicide, we are also aware that COVID-19 has changed everyone’s life drastically. With these changes comes stress, anxiety, and the need for support. Our mission is to help provide access to mental health resources and a community of hope.
This national pandemic has supercharged our mission and our hope to help all. During this time, our focus is on the mental health of you, your family, and those you love.
The coronavirus is uprooting life as we know it and putting unprecedented stress on us. Shelter-in-place mandates have isolated us from our community and friends − and has disrupted routines − and we’re already seeing it adversely affecting mental wellness. Now more than ever, we must reach out and support each other, especially those suffering from depression and other mental illnesses:
Nevada receives ‘F’ in youth mental health
The state of Nevada is graded an ‘F’ due to the high prevalence of youth with mental health illnesses and youth experiencing extreme depressive episodes.
75% of adults have felt anxious
Pew Research Center reported that nearly 75% of U.S. adults say that they have felt nervous, anxious or on edge at least some or a little of the time when thinking about the coronavirus outbreak.
70% of adults have experienced stress
Seventy percent of people are experiencing stress in direct relation to the coronavirus as compared to 61% during the 2009 recession.
Nevada ranks 11th in suicide
In 2019, Nevada has the 11th highest rate of suicide in the nation and is double the national rate. [Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention]
Suicide affects teens 12-19 years old
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Nevada youth ages 12−19. [Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention]
1 in 3 teens have considered suicide
One in 3 teens (13−19) have considered taking their own life. COVID-19 has only made our message more critical.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (Inglés y Español)
Crisis Text “HOME” To 741741
NAMI Hotline 1-800-950-6264
Helping someone in need starts with paying attention.
Learn what to watch out for:
If you know someone, or you are someone, who:
- is talking or writing about suicide or hurting themselves
- is changing normal routine like sleeping or eating patterns
- is struggling with the effects of bullying
- is avoiding talking with anyone
- is feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
- has mood swings
- has increased use of drugs or alcohol
- is doing risky or self-destructive things
- giving away personal belongings
- or being severely anxious or agitated when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above.
One in 5 will consider self-harming. By reaching out to five of your friends, you could save a life. #Ask5
With the right tools and approach, you could help save a life.
5 ways to help:
- Ask five of your friends if they’re doing OK. Checking in can make a difference.
- Be there. Be present and listen empathically to what they are thinking and feeling.
- Ask if they are OK. It’s not an easy question, but be direct. “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
- Keep them safe. If possible, remove or disable any lethal items, such as drugs, alcohol or guns.
- Help them find help. Consider connecting them with a trusted family member, friend, spiritual adviser, or mental health professional.