Mental Wellness Help:  Another huge part of total wellness is mental wellness. We often ignore our mental health. It is something that we must address openly as many suffer from depression and anxiety, have considered suicide, or have been the surviving friend or family member of suicide. If you or a loved one are suffering, here are some signs and symptoms to look for and some great organizations that offer help…


Signs and Symptoms:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Extreme changes is activity, hyperactive behavior to extreme fatigue
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such increased hunger or lack of appetite; fear of weight gain
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • Thinking about suicide


Treatments for mental illness vary by diagnosis and by person. There is no “one size fits all” treatment. Treatment options can include medication, counseling (therapy), social support and education.

National Alliance of Mental Illness   (

NAMI HelpLine  800-950-9264


Warning signs:

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves, suicidal ideation; can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here”
  • Increased alcohol and drug use
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Social withdrawalfrom friends, family and the community
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Talking, writing or thinking about death
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK  or call 911.


You are not alone.

Common emotions experienced in grief are:

  • Shock · Denial · Pain · Guilt
  • Anger · Shame · Self-blame · Disbelief
  • Hopelessness · Stress · Sadness · Numbness
  • Rejection · Loneliness · Abandonment · Confusion
  • Relief · Helplessness · Depression · Anxiety

You are not alone.

There is no universal playbook or timeline for survivor healing, but you will move forward from the place you are now. Please share your feelings and talk with your family, friends, grief counselor, health care provider, teachers, colleagues, and/or clergy.

You are not alone.

Survivors of Suicide Loss  (

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  (

SOS Handbook for Survivors of Suicide  (

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK  or call 911.

Jennifer is Co-Founder of SimplyFit4Life LLC & Creator of the Cardio Weights Division. She has a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior, but her real education has been attained in the school of marriage, motherhood, and family/friend/client/coworker relations.
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