Category: Trauma

25. Suicide Awareness & Prevention Sept 2023

25. Suicide Awareness & Prevention Sept 2023

Call/text 988, the U.S. National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, if you are in a crisis.

Suicide is a serious problem in the United States and around the world. It is the 12th leading cause of death in the U.S. and 1 in nearly every 100 global deaths is a result of suicide. (multiple sources)

See below for mental health resources. For suicide prevention information, you can contact any of these organizations. Another great resource is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  https://afsp.org/

Please share this episode with anyone who needs to know more about suicide and how we can support each other when experiencing emotional distress. Thank you!

Crisis Lines

  • Nationwide (USA) Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline: Call Or Text:  988
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: (800)-662-HELP [4357]
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453
  • National Child Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • National Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 or Text to 838255
  • National LGBT Help Line: 888-843-4564

Mental Health Agencies & Organizations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – afsp.org

SAMHSA – SUBSTANCE ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline – (800)-662-HELP [4357]
  • http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (English and Spanish) for individuals/families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

DBSA – DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE

  • http://www.dbsalliance.org/
  • The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression, and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.

MHA – MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA

  • http://www.mhanational.org
  • Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.
  • Mental Health America of the Heartland*
    • www.mhah.org
    • 913-281-2221
    • 739 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas 66101
    • Areas Served: Kansas and Missouri

NAMI – NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF MENTAL ILLNESS

  • https://nami.org/
  • Family Support Helpline: (816) 931-0300
  • NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
  • NAMI Missouri
    • www.namimissouri.org
    • (800) 374-2138
    • Missouri Contact: NAMI St. Louis
      • Christine Patterson
      • cpatterson@namistl.org

NIMH – NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL ILLNESS

  • https://www.nimh.nih.gov/
  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead Federal agency for research on mental illnesses. Their mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Podcast/YouTube Show – Mental Health and Faith: A Closer Look

Caroline S. Cooper, Certified Peer Specialist in Mental Health, MS in Theology

Caroline is a writer, speaker, and podcast host. She leads a mental health support group in her church and is passionate about providing mental health education and information to her community, her friends and family, and through social media.

You can subscribe to the podcast version on many podcast players or on Caroline’s podcast website: https://mental-health-a-closer-look.blubrry.net/

Mental Health and Faith: A Closer Look is also a YouTube program/podcast!  Please subscribe to Caroline’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@InGodsCornerMinistry

Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org

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24. Why We Need 988 with Oscar Destruge

24. Why We Need 988 with Oscar Destruge

September is suicide prevention month.

If you are in a crisis, please call or text 988, the U.S. national suicide and crisis lifeline. Or, visit 988lifeline.org and start a live chat.

This episode features a conversation with retired pastor and author Oscar Destruge. He courageously shares his story of loss and despair that nearly led him to take his own life. Oscar offers suggestions to encourage listeners to remember that God loves them and has a purpose for their lives, regardless of circumstances. It is important to find help in times of need.

Oscar L. Destruge Pastor Author Speaker

Emails: OscarDestruge@PastorOscarDestruge.com or Juan316@aol.com

Website: PastorOscarDestruge.com

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Available in English, Spanish and Greek, paperback and Kindle.

Podcast/YouTube Show – Mental Health and Faith: A Closer Look

Caroline S. Cooper, Certified Peer Specialist in Mental Health, MS in Theology

Caroline is a writer, speaker, and podcast host. She leads a mental health support group in her church. She is passionate about providing mental health education and information to her community, her friends and family, and through social media.

You can also subscribe to the podcast version on many podcast players or on Caroline’s podcast website: https://mental-health-a-closer-look.blubrry.net/

Mental Health and Faith: A Closer Look is also a YouTube program/podcast!  Please subscribe to Caroline’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@InGodsCornerMinistry

Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org

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Crisis Lines

  • Nationwide (USA) Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline: Call Or Text:  988
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: (800)-662-HELP [4357]
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453
  • National Child Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • National Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 or Text to 838255
  • National LGBT Help Line: 888-843-4564

(c) 2023 In God’s Corner Ministry

23. Trauma & Mental Health with Marsha Morgan

23. Trauma & Mental Health with Marsha Morgan

Marsha Morgan – Resilience Builders

Marsha Morgan has a passion for providing care for people who have experienced trauma, live with a mental illness, or struggle with substance use disorders. When she retired after a long, successful career as a mental health professional, she turned her passion and compassion into a consulting firm, Resilience Builders. Here’s what she says on her website.

“In 2009, after working in the mental health and substance use field for more than thirty-five years, I was presented with information about trauma and our therapeutic responses to trauma. This caused me to passionately pursue everything I could about the impact of trauma, trauma-informed personal practices, what organizations needed to do to create trauma-informed policies, and the meaning of resilience.”

Marsha’s website – Resilience Builders

Trauma-Informed Care and Mental Illness

In this episode, Marsha shares great information about trauma and how it may be connected to mental illness. She emphasizes that brain development could be a key to understanding how to treat individuals. Marsha suggested two important activities that could bring a greater understanding of what is going on in a person’s life.

  • Sleep study – Healthy sleep is crucial to be well in mind and body
  • Brain scan – Brain scans can now reveal healthy and unhealthy portions of the brain that can help target treatment trauma or mental illness

Tips for Reducing Stress or Symptoms of Trauma or Mental Health Challenges

Near the end of the episode, Marsha shares these 5 tips to bring a sense of release from stress, exaggerated emotions, and symptoms related to mental illness.

  1. Journal – get your thoughts out of your head
  2. Talk to someone – share what’s going on in your life with someone you trust
  3. Take a walk – physical activity is proven to help improve mental health
  4. Meditate or pray – find a sense of peace and calmness
  5. Have a good cry – healthy expressions of emotions are an important part of good mental health

Questions?

Please send your questions, comments, and suggestions to Caroline at caroline@ingodscorner.org.

Crisis Lines

  • Nationwide (USA) Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline: Call Or Text:  988
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: (800)-662-HELP [4357]
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453
  • National Child Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • National Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 or Text to 838255
  • National LGBT Help Line: 888-843-4564

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