Welcome to Shasta County Suicide Prevention!
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Please remember: if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, it is okay to get help. Read on for more information!
A mental health crisis is a medical emergency, and it's okay to ask for help!
If your leg were broken, you wouldn't be expected to set and cast it on your own. Yet, when we experience continuous suffering from emotional pain, many of us feel that we should be able to remedy the problem all on our own. Even worse, we may blame or stigmatize ourselves for the pain that we feel, and instead of asking for help, we hide it. Furthermore, we feel we must press on as if nothing is wrong; like trying to walk on a broken leg as if it is not fractured!
Our brains function via complex and elegant processes involving neurons, hormonal cascades and chemical pathways. Capable of conscious decision-making as well as unconscious physiological regulation, the brain allows for basic survival function, as well as the ability to experience abstract thought and all of our emotions. But just like any other organ or structure in the body, the brain can experience dysfunction brought on by stress, trauma, illness or other factors. Just like we would not blame a lack of character for a broken leg, neither should we attribute a mental illness to a personal shortcoming.
If you are struggling, you are not alone. More importantly, you don't have endure the struggle without help or treatment.
If you are experiencing persistent emotional pain and/or thoughts of suicide, please call your physician or primary care provider. If you are in crisis and your medical provider is not available, do not hesitate to visit your local emergency room or dial 911.