Imagine yourself in the midst of a depressive episode. Everything seems hopeless and empty. You don’t know who to turn to for help, or if there is help. Your severe depression is overwhelming you and you’re beginning to have suicidal thoughts. You know you need help, you just don’t know where to begin. Thankfully, there is somebody you can call to begin, and that somebody is on the other end of the line at the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Maybe this situation isn’t all that hard to imagine. Maybe you struggle with a depressive disorder or other mental health disorder that brings you to a breaking point more often than not. You may have noticed that, while you know exactly who to call in case of an emergency, like a fire, a break-in, or an accident, you certainly don’t have any clear idea of what number to call for a mental health crisis. While you recognize policemen, firemen, and EMTs, looking for a uniformed mental health professional would, well, leave you searching. Thankfully, this may all be slowly changing for the better.
On July 16th, 2022, the United States federal government began phasing out the old Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number (800-273-8255) and introduced the new and far less clunky 988 number for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. Not only does this make a resource for those struggling with mental health emergencies far easier to remember and use, but it’s also a great first step towards better mental health awareness and care for all of us.
So what else can we do to spread awareness about the importance of mental health care?
Depression & Suicide Prevention
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 40% of adults reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With nearly half of the population struggling, perhaps one of the best things we can do is learn more about depressive symptoms and the warning signs of suicidal intentions. Many mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, substance abuse, and other mental disorders can lead to suicidal ideation.
The following are warning signs for those who are at risk of suicide and/or may have untreated major depression:
- Talking about wanting to die or being a burden to others
- Feeling empty, hopeless, or without reason to live
- Eating and sleeping too little or too much
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Feeling depressed, agitated, or extremely angry
- Making plans or researching how to die
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and loved ones
- Taking dangerous risks
From 988 Lifeline to Depression Counseling
In the midst of a mental health crisis, knowing where to turn for help can make all the difference. With the introduction of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number, the journey to seeking assistance for depressive episodes and suicidal thoughts has become more accessible and less daunting. This initiative represents a significant step forward in mental health awareness and care with depression counseling. By familiarizing ourselves with the warning signs of depression and suicide, we can better support ourselves and our loved ones during difficult times. Remember, reaching out for help is a brave and crucial first step toward healing. Whether it’s dialing 988 or seeking support from a mental health professional, know that there is hope and help available. You are not alone on this journey towards mental wellness.
If you or a loved one have experienced any of these symptoms, it’s time to reach out for help. Call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number and seek care from a mental health professional. I open my doors to anyone living in Florida who is struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, and/or addiction. There is hope, even if you may not feel hopeful at this moment in time. The best help you can give yourself is mental wellness, so take that step forward today and reach out.
Ready to Start Depression Counseling in Coconut Creek and Parkland, FL?
Find hope, healing, and a renewed sense of joy in life through depression counseling at Invigorate Counseling. Our experienced therapists are here to provide compassionate support and effective strategies to alleviate your depression symptoms. Take the first step towards reclaiming your happiness by scheduling a session with our dedicated team. Follow these three simple steps to get started:
- Schedule a free 15-minute consultation to see if depression counseling is right for you
- Begin meeting with me, Lindsay Howard, a skilled depression therapist
- Start your journey to healing your depression symptoms!
Other Services Offered at Invigorate Counseling
At Invigorate Counseling, my goal is to help provide you with support in a safe space to help you manage your mental health needs. So, in addition to providing depression counseling at my Florida practice, I also offer Anxiety Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Grief Counseling, and Addiction Counseling. My services are offered for clients located in the state of Florida, specific to Parkland, Coconut Creek, Miami and Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Orlando, Tallahassee, and anywhere else in the state! For more about my practice, check out my FAQs and Blog!
Dr. Lindsay Howard, Psychologist, Psy.D.
Hi! My name is Lindsay Howard, and I am a clinical psychologist specializing in depression therapy for those in Parkland, FL. All residents of Florida are welcome. Learn more about how I can help you thrive by clicking below, or feel free to schedule a free 15-minute consultation today.