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Health tip for October – Depression

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By Mary Ircink, parish nurse

“I lift up my eyes to the hills-from where will my help come?”…  Psalm 121

Depression is a serious illness.  People in adulthood are most likely to develop depression, but it also can affect children and the elderly.

Depression can affect your body, mood, thoughts and behavior and is accompanied by inability to concentrate, a loss of energy and a change in eating or sleeping patterns.

Depression is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away.

Depression symptoms can last for weeks, months or years.

A variety of treatments have proven effective for depression.

If you are concerned about someone being depressed, reach out to them.

If you think you are experiencing depression, please seek professional help!

Here are some resources:

Emergency Mental Health/24 hour crisis line 1-800-273-TALK (8255)   suicidepreventionlfeline.org

Journey Mental Health Center 280-2700   journeymhc.org

Survivors of Suicide (resource for family/friends),  280-2435 (confidential voice-mail), 280-2600 24-hour emergency hotline, sos@journeymhc.org

Parental Stress Center   241-2221    canopycenter.org

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services  251-1237    abuseintervention.org

National Alliances for the Mentally Ill    249-7188     namidanecounty.org

Other helpful resources: