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Emporia, VA – With the high profile news of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s deaths by suicide, the topic of mental health is at the forefront for many. It’s important to remember mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

In a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths by suicide have seen a 25% increase in the United States. In Virginia, the suicide rate is up 17.4% between 1999 and 2016. Depression is a leading cause of disability across the planet according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rakesh Sood, MD, FAASM, FAPA of Southside Physicians Network says, “We need to show concern to people who are depressed and suicidal. Being compassionate, caring and developing trust is key to helping them.”

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Feeling sad
  • Loss of interest and enjoyment of activities
  • Reduced energy
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
  • Poor concentration
  • Medically unexplained symptoms

“We need to help people understand that depression can be treated effectively and that we are always here to help,” says Dr. Sood. Family, friends and colleagues should not be afraid to speak up if they notice a change in someone’s mood or behavior.

What can you do to help?

  • Ask the person if they need help
  • Keep them safe
  • Be there
  • Help connect them
  • Follow up

Family and friends should be available and sensitive to the person’s emotional needs and seek emergency room help or call 911 if he or she threatens suicide. Remove weapons from their home, keep an eye on drug/alcohol use and DO NOT leave them alone.

Suicide Warning Signs:

  • Feeling like a burden
  • Isolation
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health (SVRMC) unit offers acute inpatient care to those ages 18 and over who need immediate intervention. Patients receive 24-hour-a-day supervision in a therapeutic environment. To enhance recovery, they participate in a structured program that includes psychotherapy, problem-solving group activities and life skills classes.

SVRMC’s Behavioral Health unit is available to help 434-348-4580.

https://www.svrmc.com/behavioral-health-services

CDC>>> https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide/

WHO>>> http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression

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