May — Mental Health Awareness Month

For help, call 401-414-LINK (401.414.5465). An argument can certainly be made that depression and anxiety are perfectly logical responses to the past four years. But whether you are experiencing something new or struggling with existing problems, do not hesitate to get help.

Lee Siegel writes in the New York Times:

The American Psychiatric Association reported that from 2016 to 2017, the proportion of adults who described themselves as more anxious than the previous year was 36 percent. In 2017, more than 17 million American adults had at least one major depressive episode, as did three million adolescents ages 12 to 17. Forty million adults now suffer from an anxiety disorder — nearly 20 percent of the adult population. (These are the known cases of depression and anxiety. The actual numbers must be dumbfounding.) The really sorrowful reports concern suicide. Among all Americans, the suicide rate increased by 33 percent between 1999 and 2017.

The CDC confirms an alarming rise in suicide rates.

Suicide rates among people 15 to 64 increased significantly during that period, rising from 10.5 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 14 per 100,000 in 2017, the most recent year with available data, according to annual research published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics on Thursday.

A. Kathryn Power, acting director of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, writes in “A growing strain on mental health” for the Providence Journal and they have a hotline number for you.

For anyone in Rhode Island who is in crisis with a mental health condition or substance use disorder, the best way to seek help is to visit or call BH LINK, the state’s one-stop 24/7 behavioral health triage/crisis center, at (401) 414-LINK.

Don’t let things spiral into crisis — get help now!

One-stop 24/7 behavioral health triage/crisis center — (401) 414-LINK.


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