Together with notMYkid, Modern Acupuncture is a validated resource to help parents and teens combat Modern Lifestyle Syndrome (MLS), the constant stressors we experience in today’s world.
Humans, like animals in nature, experience stress that can be both short lived and long term. In stressful situations, the stress response activates (sympathetic state) and once this stress is over, the rest and digest response activates (para sympathetic state). This is the case for all of us throughout the day as the stress response turns on and off frequently. This pattern often weakens our immune system, disrupts sleep, increases pain, and leads to more stress and disease.
For more tune-in to notMYkid’s podcast Win This Year, Modern Acupuncture as a Powerful Form of Self-Care with CEO, Matt Hale.
To learn more about notMYkid and the incredible work they are doing for our communities, especially during the pandemic, visit notMYkid.org. notMYkid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides children and families with truly lifesaving programs, support, resources, and education. Their mission for the past two decades has been to empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior. To date, they have served over 2 million individuals and aim to reach 75,000 annually through statewide and national programs.
Some of the most common stressors we all face today include: the news, traffic, finances, family fights, social media #FOMO, bullying, and online schooling. Acupuncture can help you combat stress as it has been shown in studies to calm the stress centers of the brain while improving the rest and digest centers at the same time.
If Modern Acupuncture, along with notMYkid, can help you or someone you love deal with pain and stress without having to turn to drugs or alcohol; we have given them a healthy way out and opened the door to alternative, natural coping skills.
According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics: 86% of teenagers know someone who smokes, drinks or uses drugs during the school day, 50% of teenagers have misused a drug at least once in their lifetime, and 43% of college students use illicit drugs.
Did you know that alcohol kills more young people than all other drugs combined? The Foundation for a Drug-Free World concludes that alcohol is a factor in the three leading causes of death among 15-24-year-olds: accidents, homicides and suicides.
Sadly youth experimenting with drugs and alcohol is nothing new; however social media often influences dangerous exposure to illicit, prescription and alcohol abuse by both peers that they compete with and celebrities that they idolize.
Suicide rates are going up significantly in nearly every state. The rate of death by suicide in people from 10-24 years old increased 57.4% in a 10 year period from 2007 to 2018 according to the CDC.
The future of our world depends on increased awareness to the issues we deal with personally, concerns that impact our communities and a focused effort in building stronger, healthier families.
Behavioral/mental health resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text "Listen" to 741741
notMYkid Support Text Line: Text "Question" to (602) 584-8474
Community Information and Referral Services: Dial 211 or visit 211.org
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator