Saturday, February 4, 2023

Mental health: it’s time to talk about what hasn’t been talked about

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It is normal that sometimes people feel overwhelmed, sad and stressed by the various events that are happening. Life is a kind of roller coaster, one day everything is going great and in the blink of an eye everything changes. Some people simply accept these changes and think that tomorrow will be a new day, another job, another partner or another friend will soon come into their lives. However, there are those who perceive adversity in a different way and find it even more difficult to move forward or clearly see a better tomorrow, become overwhelmed and find the only way out is to take their own life. . So, it’s time to talk about what hasn’t been talked about.

Each person assimilates situations and problems in a different way, this can be influenced by various factors such as:

  • Family problems, in relationships, or failures in your support system.
  • Experiencing trauma, such as physical and sexual abuse.
  • personal loss.
  • Lower socioeconomic status or loss of employment.
  • Mental disorders, such as depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia, alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Risk for suicide of other people.

When someone important in your life is going through a situation that is affecting you emotionally, the best thing you can do is listen, let you know you’re not alone And give her a shoulder to cry on when she needs it. On the other hand, if you are going through thoughts that are overwhelming you or you feel that life is overwhelming you, that no one understands you or that your support network is inadequate, there are professionals who can provide light. can put you in order and help you be okay to put your life back together. Most suicides are preventable if we all act as a family, community and society.

symptoms that can save lives

Like any illness, suicide also has symptoms and although they are not always obvious and can vary from person to person, a small sample may include:

  • Presence of thoughts or plans of self-harm in the past month or acts of self-harm in the past year.
  • Severe and persistent emotional disturbance.
  • sense of hopelessness
  • violence.
  • Communicative behavior and/or social withdrawal.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), suicide is second cause of death of youth Between the ages of 15 and 29, so if you know someone who is planning to do so, it is important that you know how to approach the situation:

  • Talk with empathy. The first thing to do is to start a conversation with the person and keep in mind that they are there to listen and not judge. Put yourself in their place!
  • Allow the person to express their feelings.
  • Respect their privacy whenever possible, there are many things they don’t want to reveal.
  • Talk to her directly about suicide, express your concerns, and don’t promise confidentiality on the subject.
  • Take the situation seriously and assess the degree of risk. Advise him how to seek professional help and where he can go.
  • Try not to leave your loved one alone and remove objects that could pose a threat to his life. If the risk is high, try to accompany the person.
  • Don’t ignore the situation or look disappointed. Also don’t panic, use phrases like “everything will be okay,” or try to downplay the problem.

With Famisanar EPS Health Benefit Plan, its associates have different access routes to take care of their health including they have mental health orientation line 3217896629, they can write to saludmental@famisanar.com.co. Or enter their website: www.famisanar.gov.co

* Content created in collaboration with Famisanar.

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