09/28/2020- It’s a difficult topic, but one that may be more important now than ever as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on people physically, mentally, and economically. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and health providers say it’s no surprise that depression and suicidal thoughts may worsen in those with mental health disorders and others may develop new mental health problems that were never a concern for them before as this global health crisis stretches on. April Jensen is a Nurse Practitioner with Aurora Health Care in Menominee talks about signs to watch for in loved ones or yourself that may suggest it’s time to seek professional help.

Jensen adds that parents need to be watchful over their children during this time, as the social isolation caused by the pandemic can be especially hard for them to cope with.

Those in need of in need of assistance locally can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or crisis lines operated by Northpointe Behavioral Health in Menominee County or the ADAPT clinic in Marinette County. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.