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Are You or Someone You Know in Crisis?

Know When to Help 

What is mental health? It is a state of well-being; to be mentally and emotionally sound; to have the ability to meet the demands of everyday life. Everyone experiences distress in their life, whether they’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or not.  For most people, a stressful event may cause brief distress in their life, but they can recover as expected. For someone struggling with a mental health disorder, that stressful event can cause significant distress to their daily functioning, and is felt more intensely, more frequently.

Seeking help to improve your mental health, should be no different than seeking help to improve your physical health. However, those with mental health challenges (such as depression, anxiety, eating disorder, ADHD, etc.) are reluctant to seek help due to the stigma still surrounding mental illness. That stigma prevents most from seeking treatment due to feelings of shame, fear or being thought of as “dangerous.”  Instead they choose to suffer in silence and not get the help they need until they’re in crisis or severely distressed.

 

Mental illness does not discriminate.  It affects:

  • - One in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year.

  • - Mental illness typically strikes young people in their most productive years, 16-25

    - Families from all walks of life are affected regardless of age, race, income, religion or education

    - Mental illness devastates families and ill persons; family life is disrupted

  • (*see more at: www.nami.org)

 You don't need to be a mental health professional to know when to help.

*5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

  1. Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals  if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

  2. Keep them safe: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.

  3. Be there: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase  suicidal thoughts.

  4. Help them connect: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.

  5. Stay Connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown  the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

*(source: National Institute of Mental Health)

Suicide is preventable. It's important to remember that even if suicide is difficult to talk about, it is necessary. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. Help is available. You just need to reach out. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1(800)273-TALK(8255). The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1(800)799-4889.

Mental health problems affect adults, teens, and children from all walks of life. Taking that first step to get help can be tough. It’s important to seek treatment for mental health problems at the first sign of distress in your social, emotional or occupational life. There is no need to wait until there is a crisis.  Early identification and effective intervention is key. Mental health problems, not only affect the individual, but it can take a toll on their loved ones as well.

EAS - We are here to help

You are not alone. It takes a lot of courage to open up and talk about your feelings or talk to someone you think is feeling suicidal. If you are experiencing difficulty or just need some support, please contact EAS at 1(888)829-8999 to set up a confidential appointment. We are here to help. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

EAS has two locations to serve you:

Riverside

3600 Lime St., Bldg. 3, Ste. 314

Riverside, CA 92501

Office Phone: (951)778-3970

Desert Area

41120 Washington Street, Suite 106

Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

Office Phone: (760)328-6863

              

 

 Download the free mobile app EAS RivCo today.  It’s available on Google and the App Store; to log-in, you will need the company ID (please call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 or email us at eas@rivco.org for ID code). 

 


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