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Carmel takes the Pledge in the Campaign to Change Direction on mental health

Carmel takes the Pledge in the Campaign to Change Direction on mental health

Post Date:05/31/2017
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City of Carmel
One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032


Date: May 31, 2017
Contact: Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Release: Immediate

Carmel takes the Pledge
in the Campaign to Change Direction on mental health

CARMEL, IN – The City of Carmel has partnered with the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana to join the national Campaign to Change Direction on mental health. Carmel is one of eight cities, nearly 45 college campuses, plus hospitals, health departments, chambers, foundations and businesses that have pledged to advocate for open, honest conversation about mental health in Central Indiana. Partners will also work together to ensure that every Central Indiana resident knows how to recognize and respond to the five signs of emotional suffering.
· Personality change
· Agitation
· Withdrawal
· Poor self-care
· Hopelessness
If you recognize these signs in someone you know, show compassion, caring and a willingness to find a solution when the affected person may not have the will or drive to help themselves. For a list of mental health resources in Central Indiana, visit

“During a time when we have more ways to communicate than ever before, it’s unfortunate that we often overlook clear signs in our friends, family members and neighbors who may be in trouble,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “We need to pay attention to the unspoken signs that indicate someone is in need of help.”

In Indiana, 20 percent of Hoosier adults have experienced mental illness, 4 percent have had thoughts of suicide and 12 percent of youth have had at least one depressive episode in the past year. In addition, according to the World Health Organization, depression, predicted to be the second leading cause of global disability burden by 2020, is twice as common in women than in men.

In 2013, an organization named Give an Hour, led by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, launched Campaign to Change Direction to normalize conversations about mental illness. There are now campaign partners nationwide, including in Atlanta, the state of New Hampshire and now Central Indiana.


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