MENTAL HEALTH TIPS
In light of the current health crisis, anxiety, depression, feelings of despair and suicide are at increased levels. This is not age specific. We have been seeing an increase in suicide amongst the 60+ years of age population.
Please take the time to look out for friends, family members and neighbors during this time of uncertainty. A simple phone call or text daily, weekly or other can make a difference.
LCCC has therapists on hand and we are conducting counseling sessions .... Please keep in mind that due to the overwhelming need for mental health treatment, we may have to put you on a waitlist for a short period of time. Should you feel it is an emergency, here are several other numbers and web sites that you can call or visit for immediate assistance:
Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7): 800-273-8255
Livingston County Community Mental Health (24/7): 800-615-1245
The Greater Bright Area Chamber recently shared...
If someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need. It’s important to take care of yourself when you are supporting someone through a difficult time, as this may stir up difficult emotions. If it does, please reach out for support yourself.
Do They Need Your Help?
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or isolating themselves
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Extreme mood swings
How Can You Help Them?
It can be scary when a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide. It's hard to know how a suicidal crisis feels and how to act. Call
at any time for help if a friend is struggling.
Never keep it a secret if a friend tells you about a plan to hurt themselves. Call
so that you can find out what resources are available in your area, or encourage your loved one to call. Calls are routed to the Lifeline center closest to your area code that can provide you with local resources.