Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States, making suicide a major public health concern. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs and how to get help can save lives.

The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
Talking about great guilt or shame
Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)
Talking about being a burden to others
Using alcohol or drugs more often
Acting anxious or agitated
Withdrawing from family and friends
Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
Talking or thinking about death often
Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
Giving away important possessions
Saying goodbye to friends and family
Putting affairs in order, making a will

If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently. One resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Learn more at NIMH.com

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Change A Life By Making An Impact

 YOU Can Be a Super Hero 

YOU Can Change a Life

Make an Impact by Connecting People to Care

Families and individuals with limited incomes must make impossible choices every day. Parents, working multiple part-time jobs at minimum wage without health insurance, are challenged to decide between paying rent, buying groceries, repairing a car, or taking a sick child to the doctor. Frequently medical care is postponed until the issue escalates and becomes a costly medical crisis.

Without a public hospital in Collin or Denton County, people must often rely on hospital emergency rooms or urgent care centers for healthcare. They do not have a primary care provider – a medical home, like Health Services of North Texas.

Both Collin and Denton Counties are designated as “health professional shortage areas,” meaning the number of medical providers is insufficient to care for the size of the population and their medical needs. North Texas is growing like gangbusters! This is why Health Services of North Texas exists and why we are need now and as the community grows.

In 2017, Health Services of North Texas delivered more than $2 million of medical care to patients unable to pay their copay and lab test fees.Your gift will help people in need cover their basic fees to get in care and stay in care.

It’s easy to be a super hero. When you make a gift, you help connect people to care. AND, your donation is eligible for bonus funds.

Schedule your gift at the secure link through September 19th.

Make a gift on September 20, 2018 from 6AM until midnight.

 

Schedule Your Gift Today!

Your gift provides quality medical care for patients in need. You are making a difference in our North Texas community.  You are helping people to take charge of their health! Thank YOU!

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An Introduction to Health Services of North Texas

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Thank you for your interest in Health Services of North Texas, a nonprofit healthcare center providing quality, affordable medical care through 7 clinics in Denton and Collin Counties.  Watch the video to find out a little bit about who we are, what we do and why we are a good choice for North Texas Giving Day!

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North Texas Giving Day – Nancy

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This is Nancy, a longtime volunteer that gives her time and money so that those who need medical care the most in our community have access. That is her why.

We are only 4 days away from the North Texas Giving Day opening day of scheduled giving, September 10th. Please take a moment to mark your calendars.

Find out more about North Texas Giving Day.

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Tips on How to Handle Bullying in School

Tips on How to Handle Bullying in School

Sometimes part of school life can include bullying. But there are ways to address bullying in school.

Bullying or cyberbullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, over the Internet, or through mobile devices like cell phones.

WHEN YOUR CHILD BULLYIED

  • Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
  • Teach your child to be comfortable with when and how to ask a trusted adult for help. Ask them to identify who they can ask for help.
  • Recognize the serious nature of bullying and acknowledge your child’s feelings about being bullied.
  • Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:
  1. Look the bully in the eye.
  2. Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
  3. Walk away.
  • Teach your child how to say in a firm voice:
  1.  “I don’t like what you are doing.”
  2. “Please do NOT talk to me like that.”
  • Encourage your child to make friends with other children.
  • Support outside activities that interest your child.
  • Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.
  • Monitor your child’s social media or texting interactions so you can identify problems before they get out of hand.

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS THE BULLY

  • Be sure your child knows that bullying is never OK.
  • Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior.
  • Help your child learn empathy by asking him to consider how the other children feel about the way your child treated them.  Ask your child how he would feel if someone bullied him.
  • Be a positive role mode. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.
  • Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.
  • Focus on praising your child when he behaves in positive ways such as helping or being kind to other children as opposed to bullying them.
  • Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, school social workers or psychologists, and parents of the children your child has bullied.

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS A BYSTANDER

  • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying. Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.
  • Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.

These tips are provided by the  American Academy of Pediatrics.

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