Some protective factors include access to mental health care and being proactive about mental health, having good connections with family and community support, creating a strong sense of purpose or self-esteem as well as limiting access to lethal means.

If you or a family member are in crisis, do not wait. Please call or text 988 or visit Lifeline at www.988lifeline.org.

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As we enter the last few months of the year, #TeamApex wants to bring awareness to suicide prevention.  Here are some tips and tricks on how to stay mentally healthy and support loved ones who may be struggling.

It is important to know there is not one single cause of suicide. There are, however, some warning signs you can look for to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Potential risk factors include:

  • Mental health conditions.
  • Serious physical health conditions including chronic pain and traumatic brain injury.
  • Environmental factors such as access to lethal means, stressful life events, and a history of trauma or family history of suicide.

You may want to seek professional help if you or a loved one starts to exhibit some of the following behaviors:

  • Isolating from family and friends.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Loss of interest in doing things you used to enjoy.

It is also important to talk about things that can be done to help protect individuals and keep them mentally healthy. Some protective factors include access to mental health care and being proactive about mental health, having good connections with family and community support, creating a strong sense of purpose or self-esteem as well as limiting access to lethal means.

For more information and resources visit afsp.org. You can also learn how to get involved in the community and discover how you can be an advocate in the fight to stop suicide.

For help accessing mental health care feel free to reach out to me directly at ahickle@apexbg.com.

Download our Kinetiq Health Team's guide to navigating mental health concerns

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Andrea Hickle, LCSW

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Andrea Hickle, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As part of Kinetiq Health, Andrea provides mental health case management services to employees in a workplace setting. She consults with a multi-disciplinary wellness team to deliver comprehensive mental health care, including assessments, crisis intervention, treatment planning and individual/group therapy.

Andrea received her bachelor’s in social work from Ball State and her master’s in social work from IUPUI. She has worked in several areas of social work including school social work, mental health and macro practice. For the past several years, she has worked at Riley Children’s Hospital with psychiatry.

 

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