Updated: 10/15/2018 4:38 PM | Print Story |  Email

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