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Life Crisis Services:
Anywhere in the country, call:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This Week in News You Can Use
Ever arrive home after work and realize you don't remember the drive? Whether you were daydreaming or figuring out what to fix for dinner, you dissociated from the moment and task at hand. In a more severe form - usually in an attempt to block painful experiences - it functions as a coping skill. Learn more about this complex condition in Dissociative Disorder: 8 Common Signs.
St. Louis Area BRIDGES Support Groups
- CenterPointe - 4905 Mexico Rd., St. Peters - Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30
- Harvester House - 41 David St., St. Charles - Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00
BRIDGES is a peer-to-peer program focused on recovery, meaning all participants face the challenges and celebrate the triumphs of living with a mental illness.
Click here for a BRIDGES flyer or call Ramona at 314-773-1399.
When it comes to cancer, heart conditions or diabetes, we don't wait until someone is gravely ill to start treatment. We start as soon as they are diagnosed -- before they reach a crisis Stage 4 level. With many diseases, we actually start before the treatment phase...we begin with education, prevention and early detection. And if a disease takes hold, we immediately work to reverse it. So why don't we do the same for someone who is dealing with a potentially serious mental illness? See what MHA is doing to change the way all of us think about mental illness in in Why B4Stage4? and B4Stage4: Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health.
Help Someone in Crisis
5-Minute Breath Exercise
If you want to understand what someone with a mental illness is thinking and feeling, or if you think you're experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, click through to these easy-to-read, printable and shareable infographics. They explain what people say each disorder feels like, facts and figures related to the illness, and strategies for recovery.
More Support for People-First Language
Mental health advocates enourage everyone to use use "people-first" language. The term refers to speaking and writing in a way that acknowledges the person first, then the condition. It indicates what a person HAS, not what a person IS. For example, one would say, "a person has schizophrenia" rather than "he's schizophrenic." A recent survey confirms that words really do matter. They have the potential to shape the listener's perceptions, as well as, tolerance. Read more in Why You Should Never Use The Term "The Mentally Ill."
Talking to Your Child about Violent Trauma
Does Your Parent Have Depression?
Depression can be a sneaky thing, especially for older adults. It's easy to mistake some symptoms of depression as part of the normal slowdown and lifestyle changes that occur as we age. Don't let a treatable condition go unrecognized in your loved ones. Know the subtle cues that can be easily overlooked in 5 Signs Your Parent Is Depressed.
Talk Therapy, Medication, Your Brain