World Mental Health Day is observed on Oct. 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
In 2020, this focus on mental health is more important than ever, as the nation and the world struggles through the sickness, stress and fears associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Social distancing, while a necessary safety step, can make people feel isolated and lonely,” said Dr. Imran Iqbal, Baptist Health Medical Group Behavioral Health. “Make sure that you take care of your mental health, and, if you can, help others cope with their stress by providing social support.”
Communities have an important role to play in suicide prevention. They can support people who are vulnerable and those who have made an attempt on their life. They can provide comfort to people who have lost someone to suicide and can also help fight stigma.
If you or someone you know has mental health concerns, please call one of these resources for help:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): (800) 950-NAMI (6264)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
- 24/7 Crisis Hotline: (800) 641-HOPE (4673)
- Baptist Health Medical Group Behavioral Health: 270-979-7171
- Seeing patients by referral
- Communicare: (270) 765-2605, Toll Free: (888) 344-8066
- Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System: (800) 274-7374 (24/7)
- Baptist Health Hardin LifeSpring: (270) 706-1706 (inpatient)