On Tuesday, U.S. astronaut and Veteran Buzz Aldrin took to Twitter to say, “The loss of Robin Williams is tragic. Like him, I and many veterans also suffer from depression. All Americans should awaken to this.”
Mental health is just as important as physical health. If you, or someone you know is suffering from depression, there ishelp out there.
If you or somebody else is in emotional distress, or if you’re concerned about suicide, you can call: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). For emergency help, you can always dial 9-1-1.
Depression affects children as well as adults, so know what signs to look for as a parent.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
As an annual observance, Mental Health Month brings an increased awareness to mental health issues and mental illness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says, “This year’s theme, Mental Health Matters: In Your Life, reminds Americans that caring for their mental health is as important as taking care of their physical health because mental health impacts all areas of life.”
Mental health issues can include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and many other diseases that can negatively impact every part of someone’s life. During this presidentially proclaimedobservance, the goal is to reinvigorate the United States’ determination and effort to addressing mental health problems in America.
You can find treatment services near you for a variety of mental health issues by calling 1-800-662-HELP. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers immediate assistance for all Americans, including service members and veterans, at 1-800-273-TALK.