Dangers of Mental Illness, Depression

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 8/12 6:20 pm

Robin Williams’ struggles with his personal demons have brought the topic of mental health into the spotlight.
 
It can be a debilitating condition.
 
Psychiatrists with UK Healthcare said everyone needs to work together to try and help cure mental health problems.
 
They said people who are suffering, like Robin Williams, may seem happy but inside they’re struggling.
 
Psychiatrists hope Williams’ death will get people talking about mental illness and they hope some of the stereotypes will be broken.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said suicide is an increasing public health concern.
 
Suicide experts estimate 90% of suicides have some connection to mental illness and/or substance abuse.
 
Psychiatrists with UK Healthcare said these problems are treatable.
 
Warning Signs of Suicide:
• Talking about wanting to die
• Looking for a way to kill oneself
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
• Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
• Sleeping too little or too much
• Withdrawing or feeling isolated
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
• Displaying extreme mood swings
 
The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide
 
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:
• Do not leave the person alone
• Remove any fi rearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could
be used in a suicide attempt
• Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
• Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
 

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