First Community Financial Group, Inc. Blog
If you struggle with mental illness, you are not alone.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that about 1 in 5 American adults struggle with a form of mental illness, while 1 in 6 American youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
During May, we encourage you to find ways to engage in activities and events that help start conversations about mental health in your communities:Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and people of all ages and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience depression. The good news is that there are many resources to manage depression: therapy, medication, and self-care are all part of a healthy treatment plan.
Don’t be afraid to reach out if you or someone you know needs help. Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step.
Learn the Signs for Suicide RiskIf you are concerned about someone, take it seriously. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 with the name of the person you are concerned about or call 911 if the situation presents immediate danger.
UW Forefront Suicide Prevention is focused on reducing suicide by empowering individuals and communities to take sustainable action, championing systemic change, and restoring hope.
Reaching out for help for yourself or someone you care about may be uncomfortable, but it has the potential to save a life.
Check In With Yourself and Others
Remember to check in with yourself and those around you. Pay attention to changes in daily behavior and personality, as this may be an indicator of a shift in an individual’s mental health. Take your time to love yourself and don’t feel guilty for spending time to heal and replenish yourself.
If you are worried about yourself or someone else, see a professional, learn more about mental illness or call the NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264). #YouAreNotAlone