Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. These problems can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. Mental health also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for information and resources on how to identify if someone is thinking about completing suicide.
SAMHSA has provided a guide Helping A Loved One Who is Suicidal: A Guide for Family and Friends to help understand, recognize signs and care for your loved one during and after a crisis.
In Summit County, the Summit County Suicide Prevention Coalition works to bring awareness to suicide and supports the community by providing resources to those who need mental health support and those who are survivors of suicide.
If you have lost a loved one to suicide, resources are available to help you with the pain and shock you are experiencing.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 emotional support help line that can be used anywhere in the country. Text 4HOPE to 741741 for help.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI Summit County is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy. NAMI has many programs including support groups, classes for families who can learn how to cope with issues when a loved one has mental illness, and awareness in the community. Founded in 1979, NAMI works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans nationwide who live with severe mental illnesses.
CHOICES Social Center
CHOICES is a social center run by consumers of mental health services for consumers of mental health services. CHOICES provides social, recreational, informational and educational resources for adults. The goal of Choices is to reduce the stigma of mental illness through peer support and to provide opportunities for recreational activities and volunteer service.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America has screening tools, information for college students, workplace wellness, person-centered language, and recovery and support on their website www.mentalhealthamerica.net.
MentalHealth.gov helps you learn the basics about mental health. The site provides basic information about disorders, what signs to look for, how to start a conversation about mental health, and how to get treatment coverage.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization promotes awareness and understanding of global public health issues including mental health. WHO created an illustrated guide Doing What Matters in Times of Stress to give people practical skills to cope with stress.