Illinois Department of Human Services Announces Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The Illinois Department of Human Services recently announced the launching of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. This number will replace the existing lifeline on July 16, 2022, as a more convenient way to get help. The line serves as an invaluable resource to thousands of people a day. With this easy-to-remember number, it will hopefully benefit even more people.

About the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

By calling 988, one can connect to compassionate, accessible support when experiencing thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance abuse issues, and any other kind of emotional distress. One can also call on behalf of, or out of concern for, a loved one who needs crisis support. The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available in multiple languages to support the broadest range of Illinoisans possible.

This change is in response to the growing mental health crises across the country. According to the Illinois Department of Human Services, we have collectively experienced an increase in stress and trauma due to worldwide conflict, gun violence, and the pandemic. This has resulted in higher rates of suicidal ideation than previously. Suicide is the leading cause of death in those ages 10-34.

Mental Health in Seniors

Senior citizens make up 18% of suicides in the United States. This problem has persisted for decades but became abundantly clear in recent months when country star Naomi Judd took her life at the age of 76. Suicidal behavior in seniors is linked to several factors, including isolation, grief, chronic illness/pain, cognitive impairment, financial troubles, and loss of self-sufficiency.

Help support your elderly loved ones by playing an active role in their lives. Visit them often and give them phone calls. Keep them engaged in family events and help them get out of the house.  Ask them not only about their day, but how they’re doing mentally.

But there will be moments when you can’t be available for your elderly loved one as much as you’d like. This is a great time to hire the assistance of an in-home caregiver. In-home caregivers assist with personal care, meal preparation, and errands, but they act as companions for your loved one as well.

At Home Care Powered by AUAF, our caregivers provide the social interaction and camaraderie that your elderly loved one is craving. Our caregivers engage in thoughtful conversation to keep your loved ones stimulated. They’ll gladly partake in some of your loved one’s favorite activities, such are board games or taking walks.

For more information on how our caregivers can improve your loved one’s quality of life, call us at 773-274-9262

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