World Suicide Prevention Day is September Tenth, so what better time than now to check in on the mental health of yourself and your loved ones. The prevalence of health issues continues to increase worldwide; according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five adults in the US are living with mental illness. It can be challenging to tell when someone is in a poor mental health state, so here are a few warning signs of suicidal thoughts:
- Suicide-related statements or thoughts (I wish I hadn’t been born, etc.)
- Social withdrawal
- Emotional highs and lows
- Increasing use of drugs and alcohol and other self-destructive activity
- Change in daily routine (sleeping, eating, etc.)
- Disposing of personal belongings
You don’t need to be struggling with mental health to talk to a professional. Dr. Nikki Stillo at Great Life Counseling Center is an excellent mental health resource. She is a licensed psychologist who uses a strengths-based approach to therapy and strongly values a collaborative relationship between herself and her clients. Dr. Stillo is also a Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C) and is trained in EMDR, including Perinatal and Infant Mental Health. Her specialties include perinatal mental health, trauma, relationship issues, mood, and anxiety disorders.
Another fantastic mental health resource in the Corridor is Baylor Scott & White. This location provides a range of mental health services to its patients, including treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, substance abuse, grief, chronic illness, and binge eating. Their counselors will assist you in creating a treatment plan specialized for your needs.
Engage in regular self-care to look after your mental health. A healthy diet and regular sleep increase your energy and well-being, so create a regular eating and sleeping schedule and stick to it. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and minimize your intake of caffeinated drinks. You can also improve your mental state by including just thirty minutes of exercise each day. This activity can be as simple as going for a walk or engaging in gentle yoga. It’s just as important to set time aside for relaxation as for movement.
Remember to engage in acts of kindness! Call your friends and family to remind them how much they mean to you. This will not only include their well-being but yours as well. Maybe even invite them on that mental health walk with you.
If you or a loved one are in an emergency, please call the new suicide hotline at (988).