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Change always comes bearing gifts.
 – Price Pritchett

Warning Signs of Suicide

If someone you know is showing one or more of the following behaviors, he or she may be thinking about suicide. Don’t ignore these warning signs. Get help immediately.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Get Help

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255). Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

NLCMH goes tobacco-free today!

Today is the day that NLCMH goes tobacco-free throughout its office campuses!

While we have been tobacco-free inside our buildings for many years, this past year we have been working in partnership with the American Lung Association and the Michigan Department of Community Health, using a Centers for Disease Control Community Transformation Grant, to expand our policy to include the grounds and parking lots of our office buildings, and also to increase our resources and capacity to help people with tobacco cessation.

A multi-disciplinary team has worked to create the support, policies and information needed to make the transition as supportive as possible for staff, physicians, persons served and visitors to our campuses.

We believe this  will:

  • Create a healthier environment for everyone who visits our campuses.
  • Demonstrate our commitment to improve the health of the community.
  • Increase provider involvement in treating nicotine addiction.
  • Set an example we hope other organizations and businesses will follow.

Thank you for your support in this effort!

Wrong turns are as important as right turns. More important sometimes.
 – Richard Bach

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
 – Albert Schweitzer

40th Annual Suicide Prevention Week starts today

From time to time you may encounter a person who is expressing thoughts of suicide on your social media sites. If someone you know online is showing any of these warning signs, it is important that you post a message encouraging them to call the Lifeline. If you are friends with the person in real life or know where the person is, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) so that you can talk to a crisis counselor.

  • Writing about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Writing about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Writing about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Writing about being a burden to others.
  • Writing about seeking revenge.

For more help see http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp/online.aspx

Laughter is an instant vacation.
 – Milton Berle

Have a conversation wtih your child about this

FACT: 9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18. And each day, over 3,000 kids smoke their first cigarette. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many different cancers as well as chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, heart disease, pregnancy-related problems, and many other serious health problems.

Take time to have a conversation with your child about the dangers of tobacco use.

Know the Facts and Start a Conversation

NAMI conducts survey

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is conducting a survey, the NAMI Schizophrenia and Personal Technology Tools Survey Initiative to help them better understand the needs of those with mental health conditions.

They invite people with schizophrenia to participate in this confidential 10-minute survey.

The survey closes on September 15, 2014. Together with survey responses from the general public, the results will be summarized and released by NAMI in October 2014.
The NAMI survey is being hosted by Nielsen Consumer Insights*, an independent national marketing research firm. Your survey responses will be kept strictly confidential. The findings will be reported in aggregate only. Your email address or survey information will not be used for future marketing efforts.

How to Complete the Survey
To access the survey, please click on this URL and follow the instructions at the survey site:

Alternatively, you can copy and paste the URL above into the address window of your internet browser. If you have any questions or difficulty completing the survey, feel free to contact the NAMI HelpLine and reference the survey in your email subject line. NAMI thanks you in advance for your time. Your participation will help them to meet their mission of building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Our Journey September 2014 Newsletter Here

September is a busy month! September brings National Recovery Month, National Suicide Prevention Week, National Wellness Week, and our own Northern Lakes CMH Recovery Celebration on September 30! It’s also the month that Northern Lakes CMH plans to go Tobacco-Free at all its office campuses and the time to start calling for art submissions for the Art of Recovery show that will be happening in November. Find out the details in the September 2014 issue of Our Journey here.

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of seriously harming themselves or someone else, call 911.


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