According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five adults in the U.S. live with a mental health condition. While half of all mental health conditions begin by the age of 14, the majority are undetected and untreated (World Health Organization). This equates to millions of Americans who face the reality of living with a mental illness each day. While conditions range from managing worries concerning everyday life to chronic conditions like severe depression; each impact how someone thinks, feels and behaves.
In addition to the opioid epidemic, Dr. Joe Parks with the National Council for Behavioral Health encourages awareness around the suicide epidemic. As the nation’s suicide rate continues to rise, it’s imperative we address it. By understanding the warning signs and asking if someone has thoughts of suicide, you can become part of the solution.
While it’s possible to heal thoughts of suicide, for some, the thoughts periodically resurface. Whether the individual encounters a failure, loss or just an awful day, harmful thinking patterns can reappear regardless of how much healing has occurred. While we often bear little control over our thoughts, we can control our actions.
To help spread awareness, a brave Netsmart associate shares how her son continues to face his past with suicide on CareThreads. Through open discussion, support and the recognition of an individual’s triggers, once perceived unmanageable thoughts can be managed. It is possible to live alongside suicide.
Consider these facts: Nearly one in five people will experience a mental health condition this year, yet less than half will receive treatment. Mood disorders, like depression and bipolar, are the third most common cause of hospitalization. Suicides have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades. In Kansas and Missouri suicide rates are up 45 and 36 percent, respectively.* Among teens in our area, it has become the second leading cause of death.
The question for all of us becomes: How can we work together to reduce these numbers and improve an individual’s mental health and wellness?
“Positive behavioral and mental health is the key to overall health,” said Jason Hooper, president and CEO of KVC Health Systems. The nonprofit organization works to stabilize and strengthen families in crisis. Nationally, they provide hope and help to families struggling with behavioral health, child welfare and community health and wellness.
Recently, Hooper shared about recent themes in behavioral health as well as KVC Health System’s goals and focus for the future.
Discover how KVC Health Systems is impacting behavioral healthcare by paving brighter futures for children, families and caregivers on CareThreads.
When I got that call on June 23, 2013, everything changed. It was the biggest shock of my life and the worst thing that could ever happen to me. It’s five years later and I still really can’t believe my son Ryan took his own life.
At Netsmart, we strongly believe that mental health is equally as important as physical health. Just as first aid may help someone with an injury in an emergency, so does Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) when it comes to someone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. We offer all of our associates the opportunity to take an eight-hour course where they learn about the risk factors and warning signs of someone in mental health distress and are equipped with the tools to help.
Words are powerful. Choosing the right thing to say can make a world of difference to someone who may be experiencing a mental illness. It’s important to pick your words carefully in order to provide the best support possible. Consider the following in the event of lending comfort and compassion to a loved one.
Almost daily, we talk and hear about the importance of eating right and exercising. But when it comes to our mental health, it can sometimes be hard to discuss.
It can be tricky to tell the difference between someone’s typical behavior or behavior caused by a mental illness. Not everyone is qualified to determine the presence of a mental illness, but if a loved one is exhibiting unusual or different behaviors, it could be a signal that they need help.