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Mental health problems affect up to 20% of the U.S. adult population.  One of the most common problems is Depression, a mood disorder that causes very negative thoughts and feelings and can interfere with your ability to function in important areas of your life.   Symptoms of Depression include depressed mood (sad and hopeless feelings), lack of interest or pleasure in activities, lack of appetite or increased appetite with weight change, insomnia or sleeping too much, feeling tired, problems concentrating, feeling guilty or worthless, and thoughts of death or suicide.  Although Depression is a very serious illness, it does get better with treatment.   An important first step is seeking professional counseling.

Untreated depression can lead to suicide. Warning signs that someone may be suicidal are talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself, talking about feeling hopeless or feeling like a burden to others, looking for ways to kill oneself, reporting experiencing unbearable pain, increased use of alcohol/drugs, acting very anxious or agitated, problems sleeping, rage or mood swings, withdrawing from family/friends.  (Risk is greater if someone has a history of suicide attempts or has recently experienced a painful event or sudden change in life.) If you are with someone who is suicidal, believe them and support them in getting help; make sure no weapons are available; don’t leave them alone; and take them to an ER or local mental health crisis center.  Call 911 if there is an immediate threat of harm.  

CRISIS RESOURCES

On Campus 

  • Clark State Community College's Counseling Center located in Rhodes Hall, Room 224. Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  You may walk-i​n or call 937.328.7961 for an appointment.  Greene Center students, please call for an appointment.  Services are confidential and free.

If you are concerned that another student may be suicidal, please call the Clark State Counseling Center at 937.328.7961. If the counselor is unavailable, please call the Behavior Intervention Team at 937.328.6056.

24-Hour National Hotlines for Suicide Prevention 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: suicidepreventionlifeline.org 1.800.273.8255.  Callers are connected to their local suicide prevention services.
  • Veterans: Call above National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and press option 1 or you can text to 838255
  • The Trevor Project: thetrevorproject.org 1.866.488.7386 Suicide Prevention Line for LGBTQ youth.
  • Crisis Text Line: crisistextline.org Text HELLO to 741-741.  Get support through texting. Available for a suicidal crisis or any type of emotional crisis.  Confidential.

Free Apps for Suicide Prevention (available on iTunes)

  • A Friend Asks by The Jason Foundation (warning signs and how to intervene to help a friend or yourself)
  • RUOK:  OSU by Ohio State University (displays crisis numbers for your location)
  • Suicide Safety Plan (individualized plan to help you get through a crisis)

Other 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines 

  • GLBT National Hotline:  glbthotline.org 1.888.843.4564 Free and confidential peer support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individuals.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: thehotline.org 1.800.799.7233
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network): rainn.org 1.800.656.4673
  • National Helpline for Substance Abuse: samhsa.gov​ 1.800.662.4357

Community Mental Health Treatment 

  • Mental Health Services for Clark and Madison Counties:  937.399.9500 (answered 24 hours). For Madison County location call 740.852.6256
  • TCN for Greene ​County residents 937.376.8701 (answered 24 hours)
  • CrisisCare for Montgomery County residents 937.224.4646 (answered 24 hours)
  • Consolidated Care for Logan and Champaign County residents 1.800.465.8065 (after- hours crisis line 1.800.224.0422)

For a comprehensive list of treatment centers in any county, visit findtreatment.samhsa.gov or call 1.800.662.HELP (4357)

To learn more about specific mental health problems, available resources and ways to help others, visit halfofus.com or ulifeline.org.​

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