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Hope Means Nevada

About Hope Means Nevada

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.

Nevada Receive ‘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.

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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.

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. Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line numbers in your phone: 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741.
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For more information about Hope Means Nevada, visit our website.