May is Mental Health Month.
This week's guest on The Sunday Journal is our fellow iHeart employee Katie Williams to talk about mental health in a very open and honest way because it's something people do not talk about often.
Katie wrote a book Journey of the Heart: A Seventeen Year Old's Journal After Losing Her Brother to Suicide. The book is the journal she kept at 17-years-old after her brother Gabe died by suicide when they were in high school. With this book, she hopes it will encourage others who have been impacted by suicide and show them they are not alone and there is hope. If you or anyone you know is thinking about suicide please reach out, 1-800-273-8255
"After my brother died I kept a journal to help me grapple with the loss. Years later, after encouragement from friends, I decided to publish it to help others who have been impacted by suicide. My book tells suicide warning signs in order to raise awareness to help save a life. I hope my book is a companion for you showing you there is hope and you are not alone."
-Katie Williams, author
To purchase the book, visit journeyoftheheartbook.com.
Please join Kari Steele this Sunday as she sits down with Katie Williams as she discusses her book and the importance of mental health.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24-7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. They have both a phone network and a national chat network.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Suicide warning signs according to AFSP:
If a person talks about:
• Being a burden to others
• Feeling trapped
• Experiencing unbearable pain
• Having no reason to live
• Killing themselves
Specific things to look out for include:
• Increased use of alcohol or drugs
• Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
• Acting recklessly
• Withdrawing from activities
• Isolating from family and friends
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
• Giving away prized possessions
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:
• Loss of interest