We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lifetime, but when mental health challenges are persistent and interfere with daily life, such as work or relationships, it’s time to seek additional support.
It is not uncommon for mental health problems and substance abuse sometimes occur together. About a third of people experiencing a mental illness also misuse alcohol or other drugs. More than one-third of people who have problems with alcohol, and more than half who misuse drugs, experience mental illness.
Though there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for mental illness, recovery is possible and help is available.
Wellness goes beyond routine visits to your doctor, staying fit and maintaining a healthy diet. It refers to overall well-being, including a balance among physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, occupational, behavioral and spiritual health that gives us the ability to feel good about ourselves and enjoy our lives.
If someone you care about is showing any or a combination of the following behaviors, have them or help them call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or text the CRISIS Line 741741.
People who are suicidal often say or do things that are signals of their intentions. These warning signs provide an opportunity to start a conversation, even if it is difficult. You may be unsure of how you can help or uncertain of whether the person is actually in serious trouble, but asking about their feelings or intentions is an important first step.
Every step we can take to put “speed bumps” or barriers between someone’s thoughts of suicide and access to a means to end his/her life reduces the risk of a suicide attempt.
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