Families and individuals need to know how to get help during a mental health crisis. Below is a list of Utah Behavioral Health Crisis Lines. Additionally, those in crisis may make use of emergency departments or call 911 to receive help.
Get help immediately by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you know is showing these warning signs. (From SPAN USA, Suicide Prevention Action Network, USA -- 2007).
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Understand the risk and protective factors for suicide. Click HERE to read information from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
"Risk factors may be thought of as leading to or being associated with suicide; that is, people 'possessing' the risk factor are at greater potential for suicidal behavior. Protective factors, on the other hand, reduce the likelihood of suicide. They enhance resilience and may serve to counterbalance risk factors. Risk and protective factors may be biopsychosocial, environmental or sociocultural in nature. Although this division is somewhat arbitrary, it provides the opportunity to consider these factors from different perspectives..."
Suicide affects the lives of hundreds of Utah families each year. In 2006, the State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health contracted with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Utah), to develop a comprehensive state plan for all ages that represents the cultural diversity of Utah. The plan was created by a Suicide Prevention Council that consisted of experts in the fields of social work, psychology, research, substance abuse, health and medicine, law enforcement, educators, clergy, representatives from various ethnic and culturally diverse groups, family members and youth.
Hope for Tomorrow is a Mental Health Education Program which brings together the combined efforts and insights of mental health professionals, educators, and other experts to help parents, teachers, students and communities understand mental illness—a crucial step to improving the lives of those affected by it. The program focuses on educating students about mood disorders, substance use disorders and eating disorders. To find out more about the Hope for Tomorrow program, click here.
We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.