BrightStar Care - October 2019


OCT 2019


Reversing the Trend


Identifying peoplewho are strugglingwithmental health isn’t as easy as identifying physical health issues. Making yourself aware of the signs and symptoms of suicide ideation can armyouwith the tools to properly help someone. Please refer to the resources at the end of this article to help a person in need. At BrightStar Care of Central DuPage-Wheaton, we desire to address the needs of our community. Sometimes, we talk about and deal with difficult subjects because the only way to begin the healing process is to acknowledge the problem exists. Across the country, suicide is becoming increasingly common, and it’s harder and harder to find someone who hasn’t been affected by a friend or loved one taking their own life. this trend through Tucker Carlson’s programon Fox News, where he has discussed the issue at length. I’ve been extremely fortunate not to have experienced this epidemic firsthand, not withmy family, my employees, nor my church community. However, I knowmany people who have gone through the grief and confusion that comes with a friend or a loved one taking their own life. because of the prevalence of guns, a lack of mental health care facilities in sparsely populated areas, or a shift away from traditional male roles, the trend defies easy explanation. What’s important is if you are contemplating suicide, or someone you know appears to be or is contemplating suicide, you should know the signs and get help as soon as you can. About 70% of suicides are committed by white males, but it can affect anyone. I was first made aware of As to why it’s happening, I don’t know if it’s useful or good to speculate. Whether you think it’s

Some of the warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide might be more obvious than others, but that doesn’t mean you should discount the more subtle signs a person can send about contemplating suicide. More overt warning signs include talking about wanting to die or kill

themselves, increasing their use of alcohol or drugs, or talking about feeling unbearable pain. More subtle signs

might include sleeping too little or toomuch, isolating themselves, or behaving recklessly. For the full list, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

In the DuPage-Wheaton area, plenty of resources are available for those struggling with thoughts of suicide or issues that can lead to thoughts of suicide.

•   If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255)

•   If you’re looking for a free medical clinic: DuPage County Community Resource Information System (630-407-6500) •   If you need professional counseling at any time of day that accepts Medicare or Medicaid: DuPage County Health Crisis Intervention Unit (630-627-1700) •   If you are struggling with a mental illness: DuPage County Psychological Services (630-682-7400) or the National Alliance for Mental Illness (630-752-0066) •   If your income is 200% below the poverty level, and you are not eligible for health insurance: Access DuPage (630-510-8720)

•   For physically, emotionally, and/or economically vulnerable older adults: Senior Counseling Services (773-250-6202)

•   If you have been facing challenges created by aging, domestic violence, or a number of other issues: Hamdard Center for Health & Human Services (630-860-9122) –Jim Flickinger President

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