VINCENNES, Ind. – Due to the increase of bullying, economic challenges
and high profile press, mental health has moved to the forefront of the
nation’s consciousness. A mental illness can affect a person’s
feeling, thinking, mood and their daily functioning. Anyone, regardless
of age, race, income or religion, can be affected by a mental illness
- personally or with a close family member or friend. Over the last 4
years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported
a steady increase in the occurrence of mental illness and suicide. With
that in mind, Good Samaritan’s Samaritan Center wanted
to publicly acknowledge the epidemic and inform members of the community
about signs of someone who may be in need of help.
Individuals who make statements about
- Death or thoughts of suicide
- Killing themselves
- Having no reason to live
- Being a burden to others
- Seeking revenge
- Feeling trapped
- Unbearable pain
Individuals who display behaviors such as
- Increased Isolation or withdrawal
- Acting recklessly
- Anxiety or agitation
- Increased or excessive use of alcohol or drugs
In addition to this education, the Samaritan Center also wanted to take
the opportunity to inform you of several different avenues in which intervention
and assistance can be sought.
- If you or someone you know displays early stages of the symptoms list above,
please contact our Intake department at 812-886-6800.
- If you or someone you know is in crisis or immediate danger of taking one’s
life, please report to the nearest Emergency Room or contact our 24-hour
crisis line at 1-800-824-7907 / 812-886-6800.
Samaritan Center realizes the enormous toll that mental illness and suicide
can take on individuals, families, friends, co-workers, classmates and
the community. With that in mind, please contact us at 812-886-6308 for
your individual or group needs. We will make our specially trained staff
available for any public education or crisis debriefing that is needed.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Suicide. Retrieved from
National Institute of Mental Health (2014). Suicide Prevention. Retrieved from
ABOUT GOOD SAMARITAN
Good Samaritan, Knox County’s largest employer, is licensed
for 239 in-house patients. Annually, Good Samaritan Hospital has more
than 440,000 outpatient visits and an additional 35,000 plus visits to
its emergency room. The hospital offers a wide scope of medical services.
From thoracic surgery to the birth of a baby, this growing health care
provider balances quality patient care with preventive education to fulfill
its mission. Consistently ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in
patient satisfaction, Good Samaritan Hospital provides a superb level
of care while maintaining fiscal integrity and expanding facilities to
meet the needs of the community. For more information, visit
Mission: Provide excellent health care and promote healing through trusting relationships.
Vision: To be recognized as the regional center of excellence for health care.