BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) – National Suicide Prevention Week takes place this week and a Birmingham crisis center is raising awareness about mental illness.
Crisis Center Birmingham is a 24-hour hotline that assist people suffering from suicidal thoughts and help lead them into a direction to get the proper help.
Emily Roebuck is the Crisis Center Hotline Coordinator and says National Suicide Prevention Week is important to help those suffering in silence.
“It’s very helpful just to see that other people acknowledge that what they’re going through is real and is difficult. A lot of times when people are suicidal they might feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to about it,” Roebuck said. “That no one else is going to understand. But when they see people around them caring about the issue, understanding that it’s real and it’s difficult can be a very good thing.”
Roebuck says it is important for people to recognize the signs of someone suffering from suicidal thoughts and severe depression.
“If you see a sudden change in mood in someone, whether that change is someone suddenly feeling bad or someone who has been feeling bad suddenly seems to bounce back and act like their old selves, it’s really important to not assume everything is okay just because it appears to be. It’s important to pay attention and ask people how they feel,” said Roebuck.
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Roebuck says it is important to talk with loved ones who you suspect could be suffering from suicidal thoughts and depression. Give them the opportunity to express how they are feeling and encourage them to seek help.
To learn more about the Crisis Center Birmingham, click here. If you are suffering with thoughts of suicide you can contact the Crisis Center at 205-323-7777 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.