This week, the world was shocked by news of two high profile suicides; yet the reality is there were many more lives that have been lost to suicide.
The reality is, in NJ, one person dies by suicide
every 11 hours.
The reality is, those who have been lost are fashion designers and young dreamers, awarding winning chefs and parents, isolated seniors, disconnected neighbors, your loved ones.
The reality is, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness BUT only 40% receive the help they need.
The reality is, there is a stigma that holds people back from speaking out when they are suffering. The reality is, there is a lack of general understanding of the signs, the symptoms and the most beneficial ways to help a loved one struggling with this disease.
The reality is, the conversation cannot stop today.
Together, we can keep the conversation going on mental illness, we can fight the stigma, we can reach out to those around us we see in crisis, we can recognize we are not alone. If you or someone you know needs immediate help, contact the Capital Health Crisis Center at 609-396-4357 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
If you are struggling to cope with anxiety or depression,
JFCS is here for you at 609-987-8100.
For More Facts and Information:
National Institute od Mental Health – National Alliance on Mental Illness – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration