Mental Health: You Are Capable of Saving a Life


Isabelle Morse

There are many organizations and hotlines that are able to help people struggling with mental illness, including the Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Mental health is very important. It is a vital component to our daily lives that affects the way we think, talk, and interact. Like many other aspects of our individual lives, everyone’s mental health state is different. Some are struggling to fight their own hidden battles with depression or anxiety, whereas some may have never experienced these thoughts or expressed these feelings. Regardless, everyone’s own personal battles MATTER, no matter how big or how small. Your problems should not be invalidated by those who endure hardships as well. 

How can we help individuals who are struggling?

It is important to constantly be in touch with the people around you and those whom you love. Those who are struggling with their mental health may feel worthless and unloved. According to Medical News Today, doctors state that “People with depression may feel like they are worthless or a failure at everything. They may dwell on negative events and experiences and be unable to see positive qualities in themselves.” Remember to tell your loved ones how much you care about them and how truly loved they are. However, explaining to someone who is suffering from depression or any other mental illness that they are loved may be hard for them to hear and it may be ignored. In order to truly communicate and help someone who is struggling, simply checking up on them and letting them know you will not give up on them will go a long way. 

Mental Health and COVID-19

With the rise of COVID-19 cases across the world and the deprivation of interacting with our friends and family, suicide rates have spiked. According the the BMJ, “Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%, largely reflecting variation in underlying assumptions.” Unable to detach from their life at home, adults and teens are left alone to dwell on their thoughts without any distractions. Many individuals who are battling mental illnesses tend to look for distractions, such as friends or activities, to escape their own emotions, but COVID-19 has taken this outlet away. Doctors and psychologists believe that everyone should be alert and aware of the people around them who may be batting a mental illness during this time. Although COVID-19 has had a severe effect on individuals around the world, it is important to remember that there are accessible hotlines and organizations that are specialized in helping people. 

How can we help you? 

The World Health Organization reports that nearly 1 in every 4 people is suffering or will suffer from some form of a mental illness. You are not alone. You are loved.  There are accessible hotlines and organizations that are specialized in helping people. The suicide hotline, 800-273-8255, is available 24 hours a day and is here to help. Specifically in a pandemic, some individuals suffering from a mental illness are unable to access clinic and therapy programs. However, Fairfield Ludlowe offers counseling for anyone in need. It is hard to seek help when you feel alone, but it is important to remember that you are loved and someone is always going to be there to help you even in your darkest moments.