If you are in crisis, dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. They provide free, confidential, 24/7 support.

Resources

If you are struggling with your mental health or are in crisis, please seek immediate support by phone or online chat:

Organizations

Mental Health Association of Oklahoma

Helps connect individuals to resources, advocates for mental health, and offers suicide prevention training.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Oklahoma

Provides a wide range of education, support, and advocacy for mental health concerns.

Oklahoma State Medical Association

Free counseling available for Oklahoma physicians (MDs or DOs) through OSMA.

Mission Academy High School in Oklahoma City

TRS has been providing long-term addiction recovery tools for Oklahoma City teens and their families since 2000.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357) Provides confidential, free referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations for individuals and families facing mental health or substance abuse challenges.

National Institute of Mental Health – Suicide Prevention Resources

Provides information about suicide, including warning signs, prevention, and treatment.

MentalHealth.Gov (Department of Health and Human Resources)

Provides educational resources on a wide range of mental health topics plus links to crisis support lines.

After Babel

Using moral psychology to explain why so much is going wrong

Resources

Medicare Coverage For Telehealth

Medicare covers many mental health services to support you, including depression screening, individual and group therapy, and family counseling. You may be able to get many of these services via telehealth.

Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Medicare covers certain screenings, services, and programs that aid in the treatment and recovery of mental health and substance use disorders.

Caring For Your Mental Health

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is more than the absence of a mental illness—it’s essential to your overall health and quality of life.

Articles

The Case for Phone-Free Schools

The research is clear: Smartphones undermine attention, learning, relationships, and belonging. Read the article.

Yes, We Do Know Social Media Isn’t Safe for Kids

What the Washington Post editorial board got wrong about the research. Read the article.

Surgeon General Sounds the Alarm on Social Media Use and Youth Mental Health Crisis

The Nation’s Doctor is now sounding the alarm on a likely driver of the youth mental health crisis: social media use.

Play Deprivation Is A Major Cause of the Teen Mental Health Crisis

Allowing more unsupervised free play is among the most powerful and least expensive ways to bring down rates of mental illness Read the article.

Suicide Rates Are up for Gen Z Across the Anglosphere, Especially for Girls

Gen Z's Silent Scream: Uncover the alarming surge in suicide rates among girls, as "After Babel" delves into the dark side of the digital age's impact on our youth's mental health.

Do you know where your kids go every day?

People often ask me to explain their kids to them. They are baffled by the children that they raised and yet somehow do not know.

Harry Potter and the Magical Phone

The summer that Harry Potter turned 11, he received a letter in the mail informing that he was born to magical parents.1 The next moment, a half-giant by the name of Hagrid appeared at his doorstep.....

Walk Yourself into Wellness

With advice from a 19th century Danish philosopher, Marcus encourages all to practice intentional walking. Plus, gain a few tips on how to do just that.

Psychotic Disorders Do Not Respect Autonomy or Freedom

All political debates are subject to the imposition of emotion and the distortion of bullying, but I know of none where that is more true than....

What We Learned in 2023 About Gen Z’s Mental Health Crisis

In this post, we highlight a few of our 31 posts that readers seemed to enjoy most, and that we believe are the most essential readings for those following this Substack.

The Youth Mental Health Crisis is International Part 4: Europe

This is the fourth post in a series led by Zach Rausch to figure out the international scope of the youth mental health crisis.

Heroes In Waiting: Anti-Bullying Program Helps Students

Heroes in Waiting assemblies include interactive segments to engage students and reinforce the concepts of peace-building and culture change.

Is Taking a Mental Health Day Actually Good for You?

If your mental health could use some TLC, you’re not alone

Fear Switch in the Brain May Point to Target for Treating Anxiety Disorders Including PTSD

Researchers found that acute stress switched chemical signals in the brain from producing excitatory glutamate to...

Yes, Social Media Really Is a Cause of the Epidemic of Teenage Mental Illness

For centuries, adults have worried about whatever “kids these days” are doing. From novels in the 18th century to the bicycle in the 19th...

The Girls Are Not Alright: Responses to Three Claims that the Youth Mental Health Crisis Is Exagerated

Why changes in stigma and self-reporting procedures cannot explain the international decline of adolescent girls’ mental health.

Suicide Rates Are Now Higher Among Young Adults Than the Middle-Aged

It is certainly true that the absolute rates of suicide in the U.S. are lowest in pre-teen girls...

Can You Raise a Teen Today Without a Smartphone?

Yes, you can. We did and this is what we learned.

On The Degrading Effects of Life Online

How social media makes us worse people

The Global Loss of the U-Shaped Curve of Happiness

Happiness used to be U-shaped by age, with middle age the least happy. Not anymore. Young people are now the least happy.

Learning to Laugh at the Unexpected

From board member Marcus Engel: Surprises in life are going to happen. And sometimes when it rains, it pours. But, if we can learn to laugh at the unexpected, we’re in a better position to avoid disappointment and anxiety than allowing it to overwhelm us.

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