Health care providers urge you to talk to your doctor about suicide prevention
As the nation continues to raise awareness of the need for mental health help, local health care providers talk about what everyone should look for to try and help others or themselves.
Dr. Scott Woods is teaching family medicine students what everyone needs to know: The first person you can tell, if needed, that you need mental health help is your primary care or family doctor.
“If you take a first step forward and start to talk about how you have been feeling I think most primary care physicians are going to be pretty receptive,” said Dr. Woods.
As for what you should say?
“I think it could be as simple as ‘I feel sad’, or ‘I don't feel good’, or ‘I don't like where I've been for the past several months’, I don't think it takes anything very complicated,” said Dr. Woods.
In the aftermath of the deaths of celebrities Anthony Bordain and Kate Spade, many have also heard sometimes there's not an obvious warning sign sometimes to help us intervene.
There is a hint, according to mental health providers, that is something called “Is the path warm?”
Here's what it means:
“So you have ideation, suicide ideation, substance abuse, so if there's an increase in substance use, that's a problem. Path. Purposelessness, anxiety, trapped, feeling trapped, feeling hopeless. Warm, worthlessness, anger, rage and mood changes,” said Dr. Woods.
By the way, Dr. Woods is also telling his team something else everyone should know: That your doctor is not too busy to hear you. There's probably nothing more important than chronic depression.
You can reach the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and by following this link.