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.
To hear more about the first sign visit our story here:
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."
* People might start to seem uncharacteristically angry, anxious agitated or moody.
o These feelings happen to everyone at some point or another, but if they happen more frequently or for extended periods of time, it could be hinting at something more serious.
* Example: If someone is easy-going and starts to become easily set-off, try and let them know what you're seeing.
* Kids can even start the conversation because the 5 signs make it easy for everyone. Start the conversation:
o "I love you mom, but you have been angry lately and I need you to know that."
* If people start to withdraw or isolate themselves from other people, it might be a sign that they are struggling with their mental health.
* Example: If your child who is very engaged in family activities starts spending a lot of time alone. The 5 signs are an opportunity to explore that further.
* How to start the conversation.
o "I've noticed you've been spending a lot of time in your room lately. Is everything OK? I've missed you."
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