Having this conversation may save a life

Having this conversation may save a life

A community health coalition in McLean County, Ill. is spreading the word about mental health care. The coalition has begun spotlighting the need for early recognition of warning signs among youth.

“We want people to know, ‘You are not alone – help is out there, and get help earlier,'” says Sally Gamborta, director of community health for Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., a member of coalition.

Click here for a list of available resources. Mental health first aid classes can teach you warning signs and how to talk to someone who might be in crisis.

If you feel that someone may be suicidal, don’t delay in helping them get care. They can go to the nearest emergency room for evaluation. You can also call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.

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  1. We know mental health is an issue, especially with teens. But what is the conversation? What signs do you look for? How do you start the conversation? How do you get help if you can’t handle the situation? The infographic is great but only provides statistics.

    It looks like you forgot half of the article. Can you please finish?

    • Lynn Hutley

      There are resources available via the website listed on the infographic – http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Mental health first aid classes can teach you warning signs and how to talk to someone who might be in crisis.

      If you feel that someone may be suicidal, don’t delay in helping them get care. They can go to the nearest emergency room for evaluation. You can also call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.

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Lynn Hutley
Lynn Hutley

Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.