May is mental health awareness month. “It has been a long winter, there have been a lot of negative events in our world, social media depicts perfection,” and the list goes on. These are just some of the comments I have heard that may contribute to thinking that life is too much and it is time to give up. If you relate to any of these comments or feelings, PLEASE talk to someone and seek help! Recently, I visited two families impacted by the death of a loved one by suicide. The grief, the loss, and overwhelming sense of “I should have known” haunts them forever.
They have said their life means less without their loved ones, regardless of the circumstances. Friends, we are here to help each other through difficult times. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness or self-worth but a sign of strength. If you or a loved one feels down, sad, or hopeless, JMHS is here to help. Your mental health matters, and your life is worth living!! CALL or TEXT the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or one of our JMHS mental health professionals at 320-769-4393.
Kris Jacobson, LNHA, LALD, MBA