Monday, January 11, 2016

Mental Wellness Help 
We often ignore our mental health. It is something that we must learn to address openly as many people suffer from depression and anxiety, have considered suicide, or have been the surviving friend or family member of suicide. If you, or someone you know are suffering, below are some signs and symptoms to look for and some great organizations that offer help.

Signs and Symptoms:
Excessive worrying or fear
Feeling excessively sad or low
Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
Extreme changes in activity, hyperactive behavior to extreme fatigue
Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
Avoiding friends and social activities
Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
Changes in eating habits such increased hunger or lack of appetite; fear of weight gain
Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations)
Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
Thinking about suicide

Treatment: Treatments for mental illness vary by diagnosis and by person. There is no “one size fits all” treatment. Treatment options can include medication, counseling (therapy), social support and education.
National Alliance of Mental Illness   (
NAMI Help Line  800-950-9264
Health Partners: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 866-326-7194 EAP Counselors available 24 hours per day / 7 days per week at no cost to you.


Warning signs:
Threats or comments about killing themselves, suicidal ideation; can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here”
Increased alcohol and drug use
Aggressive behavior
Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community
Dramatic mood swings
Talking, writing or thinking about death
Impulsive or reckless behavior
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK  or call 911.

You are not alone.
Common emotions experienced in grief are:
Shock · Denial · Pain · Guilt
Anger · Shame · Self-blame · Disbelief
Hopelessness · Stress · Sadness · Numbness
Rejection · Loneliness · Abandonment · Confusion
Relief · Helplessness · Depression · Anxiety
You are not alone.
There is no universal playbook or timeline for survivor healing, but you will move forward from the place you are now. Please share your feelings and talk with your family, friends, grief counselor, health care provider, teachers, colleagues, and/or clergy.
You are not alone.
Survivors of Suicide Loss  (
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  (
SOS Handbook for Survivors of Suicide  (
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK  or call 911.
Health Partners: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 866-326-7194 EAP Counselors available 24 hours per day / 7 days per week at no cost to you.