Depression and thoughts of suicide are not always visible to those around us and often go unknown or untreated because of fear and stigma. Depression occurs in all ethnicities, ages and economic backgrounds. It is not a sign of weakness but rather a medical condition that can be treated successfully. Help is available and essential to treat symptoms of depression especially with thoughts of self-harm. Warning signs are not always noticeable. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings quiet.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, there are resources available to support you. Northwest Health Services has counselors ready to assist anyone struggling with this issue. Please contact our Behavioral Health department at 816.232.4417 or visit our office at 2303 Village Drive in St. Joseph.
Other resources are available with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24 hours / 7 days a week. Please call 1.800.273.TALK (8255) if you need someone to talk to about your challenges, no matter how big or how small.
Make an appointment with your doctor, other health care provider or a qualified mental health provider if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideas.
Help is available! For more information, visit nwhealth-services.org.