The new #changementalhealth Campaign to Change Direction is starting off with a graphic bang and big commitments by big organizations to make the “five signs” of diagnosible mental health conditions known to everyone.
Three of the five — withdrawal, failure to care for oneself, and a sense of hopelessness — are depression symptoms that can also match suicide precursors. Adding a sense of agitation to the mix makes suicide attempts more likely.
Suicide prevention is properly a major public health concern today, with more people in the U.S. dying from suicide than from auto accidents, HIV/AIDS, or homicides. Having such a huge public awareness campaign may help to reduce our staggeringly high rate of suicide death (39,000 annually) and attempts (about 130,000).
Handle 5 Signs With Care
At the same time, I hope people will be reasonable when they look at their friends and apply these 5 signs. Every introvert looks withdrawn to every extravert. Every person from New Jersey looks agitated to every person from Minnesota. Continue reading