May Mental Health Month
This month we are focusing on YOU and helping you re-enter the community safely. Below we have provided some tips and programs that might be beneficial to returning in a way that is beneficial to you and your mental health.
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Week 1: Recognizing Warning Signs & Risk Factors.
Knowing the warning signs of suicide helps promote awareness, support others, & to seek help yourself.
It is important to note risk factors that contribute to someone's risk can't cause or predict a suicide attempt.
Social isolation is a common risk factor of suicide. It is very important to be checking on loved ones most at risk.
Suicide Risk Factors:
Co-occurring depression and/or any other mental health condition
Poor physical health
Any previous suicide attempts
Males aged 45+
Loss of a major relationship
Sustained financial hardship
Drug and/or alcohol abuse or relapse after a period of recovery
Week 3: How to Help Others
Ask directly "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" lowers anxiety, opens up communication, and shows that you care.
While school is out some students might feel anxious, depressed, and/or alone. We are offering a FREE hour-long, evidence-based virtual suicide prevention training for K-12 staff.
Visit Kognito Campus and use enrollment key "ospfstaff"
Encourage someone who might be suicidal to schedule a telehealth appointment.
Week 2: How to Help Yourself
Schedule a telehealth appointment with a licensed behavioral health clinician. To find a provider in your area CLICK HERE.
Social connectedness is an important protective factor for a healthy mind. It is important to stay connected.
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine: 1-800-273-TALK
Crisis Text Line: text "4HOPE" to 741-741
Week 4: Returning to Normal Life After COVID-19
Do not overbook yourself. You might be excited to reunite with your friends and family, but take it slow.
You may experience a rush of new emotions. Be sure to allow yourself to feel them and have the time to process each one. Find someone you feel safe with to talk about what you are going through.
Focus on the positive.
Do not over spend, limit your use of alcohol and recreational drugs.
Do not be ashamed to ask for help.