In the month of September, News 19 Daybreak is working to open up the conversation on mental health. Every Friday this month we will give you tips to help recognize when you or someone you know is in need of mental health help.
Staci Glynn, MAC, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor at the Family & Children's Center, joined us to talk about the Campaign to Change Direction and the five signs of suffering.
The goal of the campaign is about changing the conversation around mental health and one way to do that is to notice when someone is struggling.
There are what's called the five signs of suffering. Mental health affects everybody and the Campaign to Change Direction's 5 Signs of Suffering makes it easier to talk about.
The Campaign to Change Direction is about changing the conversation around mental health in America, but also locally. Community organizations have come together to help change the conversation.
* Mental health affects a large number of people. 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.
1) Personality Change
* Personality changes are common as you go through the stages of life. If there are sudden changes in behavior or the way people start acting, thinking or feeling, it could indicate a personality change linked to a mental health concern.
* Example: Someone who is generally social, starts keeping to themselves; somebody who enjoys a particular activity or hobby, starts becoming disinterested.
* Start the conversation:
o "Every time I ask you to come swimming you say no. How come? You used to love to go swimming."
Help is Available
* Talk to someone
* Schedule an appointment
* Reach out and provide support
* Call Great Rivers 2-1-1 for 24/7 help. Dial 2-1-1 or (800)-362-8255 or visit greatrivers211.org