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Mental Illness and Suicide Information and Resources

Mental Illness and Suicide Information and Resources
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According to data from the World Population Review, Indiana had 972 suicides in 2022 and a suicide rate of 14.2 per 100,000 people. According to data from Mental Health America, by 2022, 1,125,000 adults in Indiana will suffer from a variety of mental illnesses.

To help our community better address this issue, the Indiana Daily Student has compiled a list of resources and information for people seeking help for themselves or others struggling with mental illness and suicide.

The most common warning signs of suicide:

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  • Prolonged sadness or mood swings

  • Suddenly becoming calm after a period of depression or mood swings

  • Withdrawing from others and interests

  • Changes in personality, sleep pattern and appearance

  • Exhibit dangerous or self-harming behavior

  • Experiencing recent trauma or life crisis

  • Being in a state of deep despair

  • Preparing to end their lives

  • Threatening suicide or talking about wanting to die

Help prevent suicide:

  • Be alert and recognize the warning signs of suicide

  • Take care of care

  • Ask the person directly if they have considered hurting themselves

  • If someone seems to be in extreme need, don’t leave them alone. Try to calm them down and get help immediately. Call 911 or go to the emergency room.

If you know someone or have thought of suicide yourself, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Helpline. The number is 988 or 1-800-273-8255. They provide free and confidential support 24/7.

Mental health conditions consist of a wide variety of mental health conditions that can affect a person’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Some examples include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors.

Symptoms will vary depending on the condition, conditions, and other factors. Here are some common signs and symptoms:

  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme guilt

  • Extreme mood swings of highs and lows

  • Withdrawing from others and interests

  • Significant fatigue, low energy or difficulty sleeping

  • Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations

  • Difficulty coping with everyday problems or stress

  • Difficulty understanding and coping with situations and others

  • Problems with alcohol or drug use

  • Major changes in eating habits

  • Changes in sex drive

However, some symptoms may appear as physical pain, such as headaches, stomachaches, backaches, or other unexplained aches and pains.

If you know someone, or if you have any of these signs or symptoms yourself, consult your primary care physician or a mental health professional. Mental illness does not improve on its own and can get worse over time.

IU offers mental health services called Counseling and Psychological Services. Students can go to their website and call their number 812-855-5711 to make an appointment for in-person or online visits.

If students have paid the student health fee, they can get three free 30-minute sessions. Once students have used the three free sessions, there is a $25 fee for individual tutoring and $15 for group. CAPS also takes health insurance.

Other Bloomington resources include Bloomington Meadows Hospital, which provides inpatient and outpatient care, and Centerstone Bloomington, which provides psychiatric and addiction treatment, crisis and emergency care, and housing services.

In addition, IU Health Bloomington Hospital provides outpatient care, therapists, physicians, and social services.

Monroe County also has a suicide prevention coalition, the Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition, which includes support groups and other resources. The Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition is committed to providing support to people who are at risk of suicide and are affected by suicide.

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