If you recognize these signs in someone you know, show compassion, caring and a willingness to find a solution when the affected person may not have the will or drive to help themselves. For a list of mental health resources in Central Indiana, visit www.womensfund.org.
“During a time when we have more ways to communicate than ever before, it’s unfortunate that we often overlook clear signs in our friends, family members and neighbors who may be in trouble,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “We need to pay attention to the unspoken signs that indicate someone is in need of help.”
In Indiana, 20 percent of Hoosier adults have experienced mental illness, 4 percent have had thoughts of suicide and 12 percent of youth have had at least one depressive episode in the past year. In addition, according to the World Health Organization, depression, predicted to be the second leading cause of global disability burden by 2020, is twice as common in women than in men.
In 2013, an organization named Give an Hour, led by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, launched Campaign to Change Direction to normalize conversations about mental illness. There are now campaign partners nationwide, including in Atlanta, the state of New Hampshire and now Central Indiana.