Finding a Community Mental Health Center

Are you looking for a Community Mental Health Center? Although the broad network of community mental health centers established decades ago has been replaced by other locally based helping organizations, it’s often still possible to locate mental health programs and services in your area. A community mental health center may be able to help you […]

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Getting the Help You Need – Fast

One of the challenges of living with a mental health issue – either yours or that of someone whose life you’re involved in – is that sometimes an incident quickly escalates from “under control” to crisis level. If you need help immediately, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) lists several resources on […]

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Creating Meaning

Say you are in your 20s or 30s or 40s, and feeling depressed and hopeless. Perhaps you feel your situation is so bleak and hopeless that you are considering suicide. Now imagine yourself in your 80s. Looking back, how would your 80-year-old self tell your life story? Perhaps you have a pet that you rescued […]

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Surviving Mental Illness

If you’ve ever wondered how to effectively deal with mental illness, Jessie Close has a lot to tell you. Her new book, Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness, offers a heartbreaking, honest description of her 40 years of personal experience. Jessie, the sister of actress Glenn Close, has experienced decades of great […]

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Suicide Prevention: How Can It Be Treated

People who are at risk of suicidal behavior may not seek treatment for many reasons, including: They believe nothing will help They do not want to tell anyone they have problems They think asking for help is a sign of weakness They do not know where to go for help A person may need emergency […]

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Suicide Prevention: What Causes It?

Suicide and suicidal behaviors usually occur in people with one or more of the following: Bipolar disorder Borderline personality disorder Depression Drug or alcohol use Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Schizophrenia Stressful life issues, such as serious financial or relationship problems People who try to commit suicide are often trying to get away from a situation […]

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Suicide Prevention: Signs and Symptoms

Often, but not always, a person may show certain signs and behaviors before a suicide attempt, such as: Having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly Giving away belongings Talking about going away or the need to “get my affairs in order” Suddenly changing behavior, especially calmness after a period of anxiety Losing interest in activities they […]

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