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Tips for Identifying Mental Health Issues in Teens

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Together LBH Celebrates 1 Year of Service

Join Lake Behavioral Hospital for the 6th Annual Walk for Awareness & Suicide Prevention

Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force is hosting Lake County’s 6th Annual Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness on Saturday, October 6th from 9 am to 1 pm, at Hastings Lake Forest Preserve. Speakers, refreshments, resource table, raffle, and canine demonstration will be included. Check-in 9 am at Shelter A to pick up your t-shirt. Rain or shine!

Understanding Possible Suicide Warning Signs on Social Media

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Lake Behavioral Hospital is an ally to those who are suffering from mental health disorders. Lake Behavioral Hospital is actively seeking to help those who are looking for depression treatment and ensuring they receive the care needed to overcome this temporary mental illness.  

 

“How are social media & suicide connected?”

Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had declined for nearly two decades, according to data from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the study doesn’t answer the question, there is a logical connection to social media that can be made. Recent teen suicides have been blamed on cyberbullying, and social media posts depicting “perfect” lives may be taking a toll on teens’ mental health, researchers say.

Because of this. our focus turns to social media, and how to recognize potential suicide warning signs from someone who is in need of mental health care.

“What if someone is posting suicidal messages on social media?”

 

Knowing how to get help for a friend posting suicidal messages on social media can save a life. Many social media sites have a process to report suicidal content and provide mental health resources for the person posting the message. In addition, many of the social media sites use their analytic capabilities to identify and help report suicidal posts. Each offers different options on how to respond if you see concerning posts about suicide. For example:

 

  • Facebook has multiple suicide prevention & awareness pages dedicated to helping those showing suicide warning signs.
  • Instagram uses automated tools in the app to provide mental health resources for teens and adults that are suffering from suicidal thoughts.
  • Snapchat implements a similar functionality, providing its users’ multiple mental health care help pages focusing on suicide prevention & awareness.
  • Tumblr provides its users with free and confidential counseling mental health hotline numbers they can call in a mental health emergency.
  • Twitter has an informative and insightful page regarding mental health and how to recognize the signs of someone experiencing suicidal thoughts.
  • YouTube’s Safety Center has a forum that not only provides mental health resources written by Google but by the YouTube community as well.

 

If you see messages or live streaming suicidal behavior on social media, call 911 or contact the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741) available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Deaf and hard-of-hearing

individuals can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1–800–799–4889. All calls are confidential. This service is available to everyone. People—even strangers—have saved lives by being vigilant.”

 

Lake Behavioral Hospital is a proponent for Suicide Awareness and Prevention.  We have the resources to help you or a loved one who is suffering.  If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call today to speak with a licensed clinician at (855) 990-1900.

 

 

Remember, “You are not alone. It is not your fault. You matter.”

Suicide Warning Signs: What to Recognize

The month of September is nationally recognized as Suicide Awareness Month. Lake Behavioral Hosptial wants to take the initiative and become an ally to those who are experiencing suicidal thought or perhaps are feeling suicidal. This is not an issue that only impacts specific demographics, which makes identifying suicide warning signs sometimes challenging to identify.

While there is no single cause for suicidal thoughts, they often occur when increased stressors create an experience of hopelessness. Suicide warning signs can also include mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. These factors increase the risk of suicide; especially when untreated. If someone is experiencing these suicide warning signs, they should seek immediate assistance from a mental health counselor.

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves
  • Expressing being a burden to others
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Talking/Writing about death
  • Searching for methods
  • Increased substance abuse
  • Social withdrawal from friends, family, and community
  • Dramatic Mood Swings
  • Loss of interest
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Giving away possessions
  • Calling/Visiting to say goodbye

These are just a small handful of suicide warning signs to be aware of.

If you observe one or more of these suicide warning signs, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change, step in or speak up.

For your convenience, we’ve attached a downloadable pocket reference card provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA for short.

Lake Behavioral Hospital is a proponent for Suicide Awareness & Prevention. We have the mental health resources to help you or a loved one who is suffering from suicidal thoughts or other mental health disorders. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, call today to speak with a mental health counselor at (855) 990-1900.

Remember, “You are not alone” It is not your fault. You matter.”