The promise of abundant life is fulfilled through optimizing our spiritual, physical, and mental health. The purpose of this blog is to share insights, information, and suggestions to help us all achieve this goal regardless of our age or circumstances.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
This week's focus is on mental health. I would be remiss to not start this blog with an article on suicide prevention. Losing my spouse to suicide was heart wrenching and an indescribable tragedy.
From the dark depths of depression--bipolar, major depressive, PTSD, psychotic (hearing voices telling you to kill yourself or that you are worthless and should die), situational from life events/losses, substance use or other--it can seem like the sun will never shine and that all is hopeless. Do not give up. With good treatment, you will get through and a joyful, abundant life filled with hope can be found.
Text HOME to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7.
Escort them to mental health services or an emergency room.
What are the warning signs that someone may be suicidal?
There are several warning signs that could indicate a high risk of suicide, including if a person talks about killing themselves, feeling hopeless, having no reason to live, being a burden to others, feeling trapped and experiencing unbearable pain.
The AFSP identifies certain behaviors that may also signal increased risk, especially when related to a painful event, loss or change:
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
Withdrawing from activities
Isolating from family and friends
Sleeping too much or too little
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
Giving away prized possessions
In addition, people who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:
Loss of interest
If you or someone you care about is struggling reach out. There is hope.