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Living With Suicide

By Michele Jarchow When my son, Austin, said he wanted a semi-colon tattoo on his wrist, I said two things: 1) You have to be able to cover it up. Some of your clients are very conservative and don’t want to see any tattoos; and 2) If you put it where it’s visible, you have to be willing to talk about it. His response? “That’s the point.” Why a semi-colon? “A semicolon is used when an author could have chosen…

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Finding the Courage to Ask

We hear about suicide’s prevalence, but often don’t discuss it. It’s therefore reasonable for us to have uncertainty and discomfort around confronting the topic. Where this becomes incredibly problematic is when we believe someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide, and we don’t address it. While suicide is an incredibly sensitive topic, not intervening when you have concern is the worst thing you can do. We need to make it a priority to become more comfortable openly discussing suicide. Sometimes engaging…

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The Suicide Warning Signs You Need to Address

Annually, millions of Americans report experiencing serious thoughts of suicide. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. By increasing awareness, we can begin to control its expanding presence and devastating effects. The only way we can help those in need is by recognizing their struggle. Research shows most individuals contemplating suicide give some indication of their intent. Your ability to recognize someone’s struggle could help save a life. Awareness is the first step to prevention, and we…

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Mental Wellness Is Key to Healthy Companies and Communities

As the prevalence of mental health conditions continues to rise, access to support and resources is crucial. Netsmart recognizes this need and is dedicated to supporting the well-being of our associates and communities. Netsmart COO Tom Herzog addresses the specific measures we are taking to increase awareness and access to mental health resources. Check out NetsmartLife to learn what inspires and continues our pursuit to be the ripple of goodness.

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Mental Health Affects Us All: A Conversation With Jason Hooper of KVC Health Systems

Anyone scrolling through social media may think about current events and societal problems, but Jason Hooper finds himself much closer to the issues. He leads a team of 1,600 professionals who are working to solve those massive problems head-on. Day after day, they’re tackling the opioid addiction epidemic, increased suicide rates, childhood adversity and other mental health crises in communities across America. Hooper has successfully navigated his first few years as President and CEO of KVC Health Systems, a leader…

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Words Matter

More than 50 million individuals across the globe live with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia with many of them relying on friends or family members for assistance or caregiving. These conditions affect everyone involved and often those surrounding an individual need words of encouragement or support during what can become prolonged loss and grief. What can you say to help? Explore the infographic below for ideas on what to say and what to avoid.

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#MHM2018: Say What?

Words are powerful. Choosing the right thing to say can make a world of difference to someone who may be experiencing a mental illness. It’s important to pick your words carefully in order to provide the best support possible. Consider the following in the event of lending comfort and compassion to a loved one.  

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#MHM2018: How Do You Rate Your Mental and Emotional Health?

Almost daily, we talk and hear about the importance of eating right and exercising. But when it comes to our mental health, it can sometimes be hard to discuss. The fact is mental health issues are common and treatable. Anyone can experience mental or emotional health challenges, and during our lifetimes, many of us will. The latest research shows that one in five adults in the U.S. are affected by mental health conditions in a given year. As we celebrate…

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#MHM2018: Mental Illness Warning Signs

It can be tricky to tell the difference between someone’s typical behavior or behavior caused by a mental illness. Not everyone is qualified to determine the presence of a mental illness, but if a loved one is exhibiting unusual or different behaviors, it could be a signal that they need help. While mental illnesses vary and not everyone experiences the same symptoms, it’s important to be aware of common signs. Check out the infographic below to become aware of some…

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Nurses Week 2018: Nurses Are Priceless When it Comes to Suicide Prevention

When it comes to suicide in the U.S.: Someone dies every 12 minutes – reaching nearly 45,000 deaths each year. 10 percent of individuals present in an emergency department shortly before the act; 25 percent of men and 50 percent of women are seen by a mental health professional. 64 percent of suicide victims see their primary care physician within a month prior – 38 percent within a week. During this Nurses Week, we are reminded of the impact that…

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