Mental Health Awareness Month

October is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental illnesses are common in the United States. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. Dr. Terri Wollan from Entria Family Clinics stopped by to discuss more on mental health and suicide prevention.

Common Warning Signs of Suicide:

• Sadness, Low self-worth
• Depression
• Feeling hopeless
• Decreased or increased appetite
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Pulling away from family and friends; isolating oneself
• Lack of interest in things that once were enjoyable
• Increased drug and alcohol use
• Mood swings
• Focusing on death – talking, reading or writing about it

Ways to Manage Your Stress
· Plan Your Time: Try making a to-do list
· Relax with deep breathing and mediation
· Get active
· Eat healthy foods
· Talk to friends and family
· Don’t be afraid to ask a health professional for help if you need it
· Engage in activities that you enjoy and make you happy–sports, gardening, music etc

Suicide prevention phone #’s and website:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
National Domestic Abuse Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Crisis Text Line: Text Hello to 741741
Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

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