INFORMATIONAL TOPICS

 

The Samaritans of Bristol County

Lonely?

Depressed?

Suicidal?

We're Here....

We Care.....

We Listen....

We answer The Call......

Call The Samaritans

508-673-3777/ 508-673-5160

8AM- 11PM  7 days a week

www.samaritans-fallriver.org

www.samaritans- newbedford.org

www.facebook.com/samaritansFRNB

 

 

Every 38 seconds someone attempts suicide

 

Do not keep suicidal thoughts to yourself!

 

Be Aware of warning signs

 

There is no typical suicide victim.

It happens to young and old, sick and well , rich and poor.

But fortunately there are some common warning signs which, when acted upon, can save lives.

Always take suicide signs seriously

 

Mental Health:

Faith & Spirituality

 

Dealing with a mental health condition can be tough. Thankfully, our spiritual beliefs can help us cope with the situation as we move forward in faith. In fact, research has shown that for some, religion and individual spirituality can directly improve physical and mental health.

 

If you grew up in a specific faith and feel comfortable with it, you may already have prayers and rituals that support your health. These can be a source of strength and comfort for you.

 

Here are some ideas that could help:

 

Prayer

Meditation

Togetherness

A sense of understanding

Help others

It Speaks to Your Needs

A note on Faith Communities

 

Why should your faith community care about mental health?

 

   Because 1 in 4 people in your congregation is affected by mental illness. Mental Illnesses do not discriminate --they affect people from all races, creeds, income categories and social classes. Stigma keeps people from sharing their stories with others in your congregation, so they seldom get the support we offer to people with types of illnesses.

 

Because more than half of people who seek outside help when they are in crisis turn first to their clergy/faith leaders, before they seek help from psychiatrists, physicians or psychologists.If you are a faith leader, do you feel prepared to counsel on mental health problems? If you are the member of a faith community, do you feel confident you leaders have the education and training they need to help you and your family deal with mental health issues you face?

 

Because there are many people who are living with a mental illness/ brain disorder who are living with a mental illness/brain disorders who are looking for a faith community that offers an inclusive welcome and provides spiritual support. Do you want to learn more about how to become more inclusive and welcoming and how to offer spiritual support in your faith community?

 

 

" Mental Illness is nothing to be ashamed of! It is a medical problem, just like heart disease or diabetes."

 

Use the "Interfaith online Directory"  go to www.inmi.us/fwconn.html.

 

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