Title: A Hidden Epidemic: Alcohol and Opioid Use and Abuse by Adults 50 Plus Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Time: 12:00 PM Central Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour An increasing number of adults 50 and over who use alcohol or other drugs are at greater risk for addiction because of metabolic changes, increased stressors, grief …
Help Your Clients Build Resilience to Shame’ This free webinar will be presented by Cynthia Mulder, LCSW, director of Education and certified Daring Way™ facilitator, Thursday, March 29, from 12 to 1 pm CT. Register now. In this webinar, participants will learn how: – To tell the difference between shame/guilt/humiliation and embarrassment as well as …
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. Mental health studies conclude that people with poor mental health are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide. Every year in the United States, more than 36,000 individuals die by suicide. To those not in the grips of suicidal depression and despair, it’s difficult to understand what drives so many individuals to take their own lives. But a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option. More often than not, these occurrences are due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Here are four tips for dealing with suicidal thoughts:
1) Know that there is always help. Seek the help of a counselor or call a suicide help-line. Death is not the answer and will not solve your problems. There is hope for you.
2) Always take your medication. Individuals who are prescribed anti-psychotic or antidepressant medications should under no circumstances stop their medication unless otherwise directed by a physician.
3)Speak up if you’re worried. A common misconception is that talking about suicide will lead someone to follow through with the thought or people who talk about suicide won’t really do it. Almost everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Don’t ignore even indirect references to death or suicide. Statements like “You’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” “I can’t see any way out,” — no matter how casually or jokingly said, may indicate serious suicidal feelings.
4)Take all threats seriously and respond quickly. If a friend or family member tells you that he or she is thinking about death or suicide, it’s important to evaluate the immediate danger the person is in. Those at the highest risk for suicide in the near future have a specific suicide PLAN, the MEANS to carry out the plan, a TIME SET for doing it, and an INTENTION to do it. If a suicide attempt seems imminent, call a local crisis center, dial 911, or take the person to an emergency room. Remove guns, drugs, knives, and other potentially lethal objects from the vicinity but do not, under any circumstances, leave a suicidal person alone.
If you or someone you know are thinking of self harm please call 911 or call the national suicide prevention line tel:1-800-273-8255
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Sunshine Without adequate exposure to sunlight, a person’s serotonin levels can dip low. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Go outside, even in the winter. Let the sunshine into your house. Open shades and curtains. Go for a walk, get some fresh air. Bring in some …
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important skills that can help with managing your anxiety. This means making time for yourself. Even if it’s just to take a mid day nap, meditating, listening to music, or simply taking a time out and stepping out can help clear your head and decrease your anxiety.
Practice deep breathing exercises to help slow down your anxious thoughts
Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern. Writing down your anxious thoughts and getting them out of your mind and onto paper can reduce anxiety
Physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try heading out for walk or even jog whenever you start feeling anxious.
Do not skip any meals. Remain hydrated and limit your alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate and trigger panic attacks, and keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
As a woman of color and a mental health professional, one of the topics that is near and dear to my heart is the prevalence of mental illness in the African American community. May is mental health awareness month and after reading a very touching piece by a fellow blogger on how he is dealing with …
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