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Mental Health America of the MidSouth Supports National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

If you or a loved one are in crisis, call 988.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#mentalhealth–Mental Health America of the MidSouth screening tools can help prevent a crisis. Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in Tennessee, and major depression is the psychiatric diagnosis most associated with suicide. If you or a loved one are in crisis, call 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.


Mental Health America of the MidSouth provides free, confidential screening tools at www.mhamidsouth.org. Available screenings include addiction, anxiety, bipolar, depression, eating disorder, postpartum depression, psychosis, PTSD, and youth mental health. Individuals are encouraged to print their results and to discuss those results with a physician or a therapist.

“More than 40,000 individuals completed a screening assessment last year. Of those individuals, 31 percent screened positive for depression,” said Jackie Cavnar, Chief Operating Officer at Mental Health America of the MidSouth.

Twenty percent of the individuals screened positive for bipolar, and 19 percent screened positive for anxiety.

“One in five Tennesseans will experience a mental health condition during their life. It is ok to ask for help before you or a loved one experiences a crisis,” Cavnar said.

Mental Health America of the MidSouth is a 76-year-old nonprofit agency based in Nashville with staff across Tennessee, and the organization provides free education, training, screenings, and referrals to people concerned about mental health and wellness. Its programs focus on suicide prevention, Alzheimer’s support, anti-bullying in schools, and community education. Staff can be reached at (615) 269-5355 or at www.mhamidsouth.org.

Contacts

Jackie Cavnar, COO
615-419-1492; jcavnar@mhamidsouth.org

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