Please – reach out for help
By Deacon Barney Lejeune
“If you have family or a friend who is struggling, find a way to reach out and help, be kind and compassionate. A smile and laughter are sometimes hiding the darkness. If you are struggling with addiction and or depression, tell someone, tell a friend, tell your mom or dad, or sister or brother. Reach out, there is help.” This came from an obituary that I read recently.
Suicide is the most preventable cause of death there is; but still more than 44,000 people die by suicide each year in America. Many that struggle with thoughts of suicide will not reach out for help, this is why it is so important for all of us to know the signs that someone thinking of suicide might exhibit.
Mental illness, PTSD, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia and substance abuse are all contributing factors to suicide. All of these conditions can be treated; there is hope for those that suffer with thoughts of suicide. However, the stigma of mental illness leads to the reluctance to seek help or treatment and the lack of understanding among family and friends. Please do not let the stigma affect you; if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, reach out for help. Included below is a list of national resources that can help:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Veterans Peer Support Line: 1-877-838-2838
- Veteran Combat Call Center: 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran
- Spanish Suicide Support Line: 1-800-SUICIDA (800-784-2432)
- Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS (800-773-6667)
- Crisis Text Line: 741-741 a confidential text message service for people in crisis
Below is a list of several local resources; however, many other resources are available both locally and nationally. Please visit the Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services website (www.jacobcrouch.org ) or call their office at (337) 234-1828 for a detailed list of counseling services, hotlines, private counselors or social media resources or if you are interested in donating or volunteering.
- Clinic for Personal and Developmental Counseling: (337) 482-1018
- Family Tree: (337) 981-2180
- Resource Management Services: (337) 261-8781
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): (337) 654-2138
- Tyler Mental Health: (337) 262-4100