Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Get help for mental illness

Again, someone has chosen death by suicide to end his precious life. And again, people who loved him, and even those of us who didn't know him, are left with many questions.

As advocates for the mentally ill through the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI Wood River Valley, we do know some things about suicide. Suicide is contemplated daily by many people. Suicide can be the end result of many complex factors. It can feel like the only option to many who endure unimaginable stress, loss of hope, mental illness or infinite depression and sadness.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in children ages 15-24. More than 90 percent of youth suicide victims have at least one major psychiatric disorder.

NAMI works tirelessly to assist families and peers (those suffering from mental illness) in their day-to-day struggles with mental health issues. We offer family and peer programs and support groups for both in this community. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you wish to raise your awareness on this serious issue, call our Helpline at (208) 309-1987.

We send our sincere sympathy to those who have lost their loved ones by suicide. The current world we live in is full of daily, unending stress and undue pressure. Please call us if you need our help.

Gail Miller Wray

Tom Hanson

Nancy Kennette

Liz Shumway

Wendy Norbom

NAMI-Wood River Valley board of directors and advisors

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