Thoughts-Issues: discover assist with psychological well being struggles

While it can be difficult to make a diagnosis, experts say it paves the way for treatment.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Insanity is a silent state. You can see the symptoms, but there are no medical tests to diagnose. While it can be difficult to make a diagnosis, experts say it paves the way for treatment.

“You can see a counselor; You can see your GP for a referral – whatever you need to do and begin this journey, ”said Dr. Buster Lackey, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Arkansas. “If you have a mental illness, we can take care of it. We can start helping you.”

What if you notice a loved one is struggling? Lackey said they were often difficult, but necessary, to approach.

“That person who can’t get out of bed, hopeless, helpless – intervenes,” he said. “Help them see what they can’t and let’s get them some help so they can get back to a productive life.”

Do you need help getting this conversation started? Mentalhealth.gov suggests starting with a question. Examples include:

  • “I was worried about you. Can we talk about what you are experiencing?
  • “I’m someone who cares and wants to listen. What should I know about your feelings?”
  • “How can I help you find more information about mental health problems?”

“We just have to get it out there, get rid of the stigma and talk about it,” Lackey said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for people in crisis or for those who want to help others. To speak to a certified listener, give them a call 1-800-273-8255.

People in crisis can also send HI to 741741 to speak to a trained listener.

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