September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and I wanted to share some resources that might help you or a loved one through difficult times. 

Some people's mental health was strongly and negatively impacted by the pandemic. Last year, we spoke to local health professionals about this, and they gave advice on how to cope during isolation. While we thankfully have the vaccine and aren't in lockdown anymore, it's still a great conversation full of tips. 

Last year, we also compiled a mental health resource list, which includes local support groups, crisis lines and emergency housing locations. 

Simply checking in with someone you care about could save their life. The warning signs of a mental health emergency can include: 

  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, or society
  • Anxiety, agitation, trouble sleeping or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes

Finally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a confidential, 24/7 service that you can call if you need someone to talk to.