Behavioral health is increasingly being linked to maintaining overall good health. Nearly 50% of Americans will develop a mental illness during their lifetime and 10% of Americans will suffer from a substance abuse problem during their lifetime (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011, and National Institutes of Health, 2015). Mental health was identified by most Indiana University Health communities as a top need. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide (World Health Organization, 2016).
To assist in this critical community health need, IU Health offers a wide range of services to ensure each patient’s total well-being. Services include assessment and diagnosis, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care and consultations. We provide many options in order to best treat a wide range of mental health diagnoses. For more information visit our behavioral health services page.
Safe2Talk is a free teen texting hotline to prevent teen suicide.
Safe2Talk texts are responded to in seconds, and the line is staffed 24/7 by Families First Indiana.
Safe2Talk will incorporate:
- Placing a Safe2Talk magnet on each student’s locker and posting Safe2Talk posters throughout the school.
- Training staff on how to recognize the signs of depression and suicide, and where to refer teens struggling with depression and suicide.
- Conducting a short student questionnaire each semester to assess knowledge of resources and intended actions if they encounter or experience depression or suicidal tendencies.
- Offering a convocation or educational opportunity to students about community resources for suicide prevention.
Safe2Talk is a collaborative effort of IU Health and Families First Indiana, in an effort to address a top need identified through the community health needs assessment (CHNA) at IU Health. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions or would like to bring Safe2Talk to your school.