Lake County, CA (September 1, 2021) – Since the pandemic started, folks seem to have become increasingly comfortable talking about their mental health. Yet, the topic of suicide – when it comes up – is still scary to think about. Some may fear that checking in with someone they suspect is having suicidal thoughts might put the idea in their head, or even push the individual to take their life. Those who want to help may also worry they won’t know what to say or do if the person says, “Yes, I am thinking about suicide.” We can all help prevent suicide.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and Lake County Behavioral Health Services invites you to help spread awareness of what is a leading cause of death in the United States, and ensure we all know how to discuss suicide and help our loved ones in need.
“Suicidal ideation, although common, should not be considered normal, and can point to more serious mental health issues,” says Todd Metcalf, Director of Lake County Behavioral Health Services.
Each one of us must consider our mental health. Especially during these unusual and challenging times, it’s important to take a deeper look into what someone may be experiencing, and seek help together. As we learn more about the causes of suicide and the ways people can help prevent it, and what resources are out there, we can empower our communities to appropriately respond.
There are many simple activities one can do to encourage wellness and reduce stress during difficult times. Do what works, and do not be afraid to try something new. Here are some self-care activities one can practice to help focus on well-being:
- Set goals each day and create a daily routine
- Develop a gratitude list
- Express feelings
- Get plenty of sleep and rest
- Ask for help
- Watch a favorite show or movie
- Create a safe and comfortable living space
Please join Lake County Behavioral Health Services in helping to raise public awareness of this stigmatized and often taboo subject. Suicide can stem from untreated mental health conditions, and help is available, right here in Lake County!
For more information, please contact Lake County Behavioral Health Services at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090. If in crisis, please call 800-900-2075 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).