Reach Out – Hope Hurts Less

Suicide Awareness Video

Our generation tends to keep things to themselves and not talk about what’s going on, especially when it comes to our mental health. When life gets overwhelming with new responsibilities and stress, we need to reach out to a trusted adult when something is bothering us or when we just want to talk about things. We feel pressured to go out with friends, be an active family member, and stay involved as a student. This can cause high levels of stress and anxiety, and even lead to depression. The thing you need to remember is that you are not alone – 1 in 5 youth experience a mental health challenge.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to a trusted adult — like a teacher, coach or parent. Find ways to connect with a trusted adult here!

 

Signs of Suicide

Warning signs are immediate risks and need to be addressed right away. Important signs that a young person may be considering suicide include:

  • Dramatic changes in mood
  • Threatening to hurt or kill themselves
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Crying spells
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
  • Changes in school performance
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Losing interest in activities once enjoyed, without replacing them with new activities
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Recently experienced grief or loss
  • Expressing hopelessness, no reason for living, or having no sense of purpose in life
  • Experiencing rage, anger, agitation, or seeking revenge
  • Feeling trapped
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky behaviors

Where to Reach Out

Talk to a Counselor

Burrell Behavioral Health

Counseling services that help youth and their family work on the issues that are leading to a stressful home life.

1300 E Bradford Parkway

417-761-5430

http://www.burrellcenter.com/services-2/child-and-adolescent-services

 

Preferred Family Healthcare

Providing substance use treatment services for men and women.

2415 W Catalpa St

417-862-3455

http://www.pfh.org

 

Hand in Hand Multicultural Center

Provides programs to empower individuals, ethnic and minority families, disadvantaged, and at-risk populations to become healthier.

1436 W Hovey St

417-865-4673

http://www.hihmc.org

 

Lost and Found Grief Center

Grief support services for ages 3-18.

1555 S Glenstone Ave

417-865-9998

http://www.lostandfoundozarks.com

 

Boys and Girls Club

Focuses on building leadership skills and self- esteem, offering supervised recreational and athletic activities, learning centers, substance abuse prevention programs, career counseling and more.

1300 N Boonville

417-862-9249

http://www.bgsclubspringfield.org

 

The Victim Center

Offers aid, crisis support, and counseling to survivors of violent and sexual crime.

819 N Boonville

417-863-7273

http://www.thevictimcenter.org/

 

Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center

Drop-in center and transitional living for youth ages 16-21 years.

301 N Main

417-865-6400

http://www.thekitcheninc.org/our-programs/rare-breed-youth-outreach-center/

Self-Help Activities

Faith-based Activities

Yoga

Meditation

Exercise

Drawing

Painting

Music

Journaling

Breathing Techniques

Other Places for Help

NAMI

Provides over 30 support groups for various mental health issues for individuals with mental illness, their family and friends. The Warm Line is a dedicated peer support phone line for people with mental illness and is open 7 days a week.

Office: 417-864-7119

Warm Line: 417-864-3676

https://www.namiswmo.com

 

GLO Community Center

Provides support to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community in the greater Springfield region through community activities and education.

417-869-3978

http://www.glocenter.org

 

YMCA

Provides compressive health, fitness, aquatics, youth, sports, camping and educational programs for all.

Pat Jones 417-881-1599

Downtown 417-862-7456

http://www.orymca.org

 

Alateen

For teen alcoholics.

417-885-9114

http://www.missouri-al-anon.org

 

Narcotics Anonymous

Support for recovering drug addicts who meet to help each other stay clean.

855-866-7392