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CSH Newsletter: Mental Health: Suicide Prevention

 
Mental Health:  Suicide Prevention
 
Most people experience times when they worry and struggle with their feelings.  But for those who live with a mental illness, managing the world around them can be much more challenging.  And they may be at a higher risk of harming themselves.  Studies show that about 90 percent of people who die by suicide had a mental health issue.
 
That's why getting help is key to healing.  With proper treatment, people who suffer from mental illness can live healthy, productive lives.
 
Signs to watch for
Here are some common signs that someone may be at risk of harming themselves:
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness
  • Isolating themselves
  • Acting anxious or reckless
  • Experiencing changes in sleeping patterns
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
  • Intense mood swings and rage
 
Reach out to Here4TN
Want to learn more?  Visit the Mental Health section on Here4TN.com or call 855-HereTN (855-437-3486) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emotional support at no additional cost.  A phone call will connect you with a compassionate master's level counselor who is standing by to help.
 
If you feel that someone is in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others, call 911 or your local emergency services immediately.  Other resources include your help care professional or a suicide hotline such as 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or the Tennessee Statewide Toll-Free Crisis Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-855-CRISIS-1,
1-855-274-7471.