Most people face mental health challenges at one point or another in their life. Bouts of grief, stress, and sadness are normal. But if you’re experiencing persistent or severe challenges, it’s time to get help.

When should you get help?

The following symptoms are some signs of an underlying mental health condition:

  • thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • on-going feelings of sadness, anger, fear, worry, or anxiety
  • emotional outbursts or mood swings
  • confusion or unexplained memory loss
  • hallucinations
  • major changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • unexplained changes in school or work performance
  • inability to cope with daily activities
  • withdrawal from social activities or relationships
  • substance abuse, gambling addictions

If you’re thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, get help right away.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.


If you’re feeling emotional distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, get free, confidential support from a Michigan Stay Well counselor.

Dial 1-888-535-6136 and press “8” – available 24/7.