Mental Health Awareness Skyrockets
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a mental illness. However, mental illness is something that has not been largely spoken about, until now.
Popular music artists, actors and filmmakers have recently shifted the media’s attention to that of mental health and suicide prevention. These famous trend setters include Logic, Metallica, Nolan Gould (Modern Family), Brian Yorkey (13 Reason’s Why), and more. Using their unique creative mediums these artists are reaching millions of people and spreading the word about mental health and how to get help.
Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sees this trend as a time for change. She says, “No matter who you are, you have a powerful role to play in preventing suicide. We’re at a point in time where so many people, including celebrities and musicians, have opened up about their experience with mental health or their loss to suicide. That brave act of opening up about mental health challenges has helped to shape the culture. Now it’s time to deepen our knowledge and learn what to do if you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one. The ability each of us has to make people in our lives feel valued can’t be underestimated”.
FamilyMeans has many resources for individuals who are struggling with mental health and for their loved ones. These resources include individual, group and family counseling sessions, school-based mental health resources and group therapy sessions at our Center for Grief and Loss. Contact us today at 651-439-4840 to set-up an appointment or to learn more about suicide prevention.