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World Suicide Prevention Day

Globally, an estimated 703 000 people die by suicide every year, according to the World Health Organization. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) acknowledges September as National Suicide Prevention month to raise awareness of the potential warning signs and increase prevention efforts. National Suicide Prevention Month is also known as National Suicide Prevention Week, which […]

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BIPOC Mental Health Month

Every July, BIPOC Mental Health Month is observed to bring awareness to the mental health needs and struggles of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color in the United States. Originally, this month was named Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month when it was formally recognized in June of 2008. Bebe […]

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International Nonbinary People’s Day

Nonbinary is an umbrella term for gender identities that fall outside or between the binary of male to female. People that identify as nonbinary often use pronouns that are not gendered (eg they/them/theirs). However, they may also identify as being both man and woman, in between the 2, or completely outside of the binary. Many […]

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Fireworks and Their Impact on Health

The 4th of July has come and gone, with families and friends celebrating the holiday with fireworks. In the next year, there is some information about fireworks to consider – the harmful toll fireworks can take on the world. While fireworks can be used and cause problems no matter the time of year, 4th of […]

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PTSD Awareness Day

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. Though we have already briefly covered posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our post about mental health, we wanted to delve further into the risk and preventative factors of PTSD and what strategies can be implemented to treat and prevent cases of PTSD. PTSD is a mental health disorder that […]

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Mental Health Issues and Disorders

Mental illnesses are health conditions that involve changes in emotions, thinking, or behavior (or any combination of these). Typically, mental illness is associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social activities, whether in family, work, or other public settings For Mental Health Awareness Month, the editorial team at STM Learning wanted to bring attention to […]

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Youth Suicide Prevention

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, held each year on September 10 to promote greater awareness of suicide and methods of preventing it. How many are affected? In 2019, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States. Among children and adolescents aged 13-19, suicide is the second leading cause of […]

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Debunking Myths about Child Abuse

Stories of child abuse often appear in the news, each one as disturbing and heartbreaking as the next. Through these reports, along with the portrayal of abusive scenarios in other forms of media, many people may have certain assumptions regarding the circumstances in which abuse tends to occur.  However, these depictions of abuse are not […]

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Identifying Psychological Abuse in Children

What is Psychological Abuse? In the context of child abuse, psychological abuse is a pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. Also referred to as emotional abuse, this can include neglectful treatment and hostile behavior toward the child. This type of maltreatment can have a massive impact on children. […]

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