The first week in October is recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as Mental Illness Awareness week, because mental Illness is a very real part of our world.
*1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness each year
* 1 in 6 US youth aged 6-17 experience a mental disorder each year
* Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
Awareness of Mental Illness begins with recognizing signs and symptoms which include:
* feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks
* trying to harm or end one’s life
* severe, out of control, risk-taking behavior that may cause harm to self or others
* sudden overwhelming fear
* weight loss or gain
* drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits
* difficulty concentrating
* intense worries that get in the way of daily activities
Help is only a phone call away. Call the church at 303-841-3739 and talk to the pastoral team OR call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255. Trained counselors are available for immediate and confidential help.