Being mentally and emotionally strong is crucial in today’s world. Our plates are filled with the tasks of meeting our basic needs, tending to families, and striving to live our best lives. For some, these responsibilities can be overwhelming and cause mental and emotional distress.

Just like we’ve been taught to recognize the signs of a stroke or how to perform CPR, knowing when someone is suffering mentally can save their life.

Do you know the signs of mental distress?

If you or someone you know displays the following behaviors, then seek immediate attention:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
  • Seeking access to means to hurt or kill oneself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, or society
  • Appearing agitated or angry
  • Having a dramatic change in mood

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