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Mental Health. James 1:2-3. Importance of Mental Health. Research Shows that the condition of your mental health has a profound effect on your physical condition. Stress. Your body’s response to external and/or internal changes Stressors trigger stress

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Mental health

Mental Health

James 1:2-3

Importance of mental health
Importance of Mental Health

  • Research Shows that the condition of your mental health has a profound effect on your physical condition


  • Your body’s response to external and/or internal changes

  • Stressors trigger stress

    • Stressors may include; academic tests, athletic performances, public speaking

    • But stress is not always negative, on order to function your body needs a certain amount of stress

      • Fight of Flight response – experienced when you face bodily harm

        • Gives your body a shot of adrenaline to fight, or run away

Type a or type b
Type A or Type B?

  • Your personality influences how you respond to stress

    • Are you intense? Seem hurried? Really competitive? Then you may be a Type A

    • Are you calm? Are you patient? Are you not hurried? Then you may be a Type B

  • A person can learn to adapt their personality to handle stress more effectively

How stress effects you
How Stress Effects You

  • Positive Stress causes you to face and accomplish daily tasks

    • Completing homework, getting chores done

  • Distress is when stress reaches a point that feelings of depression and exhaustion replace the natural feeling to accomplish tasks

  • When distress outweighs positive stress, a person can be overwhelmed

    • This is the time when you need to go to God in prayer. When you feel overwhelmed, often times it is a result of not spending time in God’s Word.

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How Stress Effects You

  • Stages of Stress

    • Alarm – body and mind go on high alert

    • Resistance – body adapts, “flight or fight”

    • Fatigue – a general tired feeling (both physical and mental)

  • A person experiencing stress may face difficulty concentrating, mood swings, and risk of substance abuse.

How to cope with stress
How to Cope with Stress

  • Spend time in God’s Word and Prayer everyday!

  • Prevent Stress, work on time management so that you don’t get weighed down

  • Exercise, by exercising you stay physically healthy and your body releases hormones that help fight feelings of stress.

  • Get Sleep!

  • Eat Healthy!

    • Avoid comfort foods and caffeine

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How to Cope with Stress

  • If feeling overwhelmed, who can help me?

    • Your parents

    • Teachers/Coaches, Guidance Counselors

    • Pastor

    • Medical Professionals


  • Condition of feeling uneasy or worried about what may happen

    • To fight anxiety;

      • Exercise

      • Realistic expectations

      • Positive view of accomplishments


  • Prolonged feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and sadness

    • Reactive depression – response to a stressful event (loss of a friend), often goes away with time

    • Major Depression – medical condition requiring medical attention

Getting help for anxiety and depression
Getting Help for Anxiety and Depression

  • Talk to supportive people

  • If the problem persists;

    • Seek out you support group (parents, teachers, pastors, doctor)

Mental disorders
Mental Disorders

  • Anxiety Orders

    • Phobia – fear of items

    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – persistent unwanted thoughts

    • Panic – unexplained terror

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- stress after a terrifying event

  • Eating Disorders

    • Pressures that consume a person’s self-image of their body

  • Conduct Disorders

    • A pattern of behavior that violates the right of others

    • Lying, theft, aggression, violence, truancy, vandalism

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Mental Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

    • Think and behave in ways that make it difficult for people to have a relationship with

      • Antisocial personality disorder – irritable, aggressive, impulsive, violent

      • Borderline personality disorder – poor self-esteem, fear abandonment, engage high-risk behavior

      • Passive-Aggressive personality disorder – uncooperative, resent being told what to do, anger issues


  • The deliberate taking of one’s own life

    • Caused by extreme depression or alienation

  • Warning Signs

    • Verbal

      • “I want to die”

      • “I won’t have to put up with this much longer”

      • Writing poems/songs that deal with death

      • Suicide Threats

    • Nonverbal

      • Obsession with Death

      • With drawl from friends

      • Bizarre behavior

      • Substance abuse

Preventing suicide
Preventing Suicide

  • Initiate meaningful conversation –show interest and compassion for a person

  • Show support and ask questions – remind person that most problems have solutions

  • Try to persuade person to seek help- offer to go with person to trusted person