IMPORTANT CRISIS PHONE NUMBERS

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

The Crisis Text line Text HOME to 741741

In case of a medical emergency, always call 911

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IS VITALLY IMPORTANT. THE MORE WE TALK ABOUT IT AND INCREASE AWARENESS, THE HEALTHIER WE CAN BE.

Nearly one in five Americans struggle with their behavioral health—that’s over 47 million people. And all too often, conditions like depression, anxiety and substance use go untreated. It can be hard to ask for help or know how to help someone who may be struggling. It’s time to bring awareness and normalize this important conversation.

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Our behavioral health impacts our ability to function in everyday life, as well as our concept of self. Through Shut Out the Stigma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals want you to know that it’s okay to reach out for help and share your behavioral health concerns. These issues can affect anyone, so we want to raise awareness that there are resources available to help those in our communities who need them.

An Inspiring Story of Someone Who's Been There and Back

Ryan Lefebvre has been calling play-by-play for Kansas City Royals baseball games since 1999. The son of former big-league player and manager Jim Lefebvre, Ryan went public with his struggle with depressive illness in 2006. His book, The Shame of Me: One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back, chronicles his experiences and offers hope to those who are reluctant to seek help. We’re proud to be partnering with Ryan to encourage others to share their own journeys.

IMPORTANT CRISIS PHONE NUMBERS

SEEK HELP IN A TIME OF CRISIS WITH ONE PHONE CALL OR TEXT

The Crisis Text line offers free, 24/7 support from anywhere in the U.S. Text HOME to 741741.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, 24/7, confidential support for people in distress. For help, call 1-800-273-8255.

In case of a medical emergency, always call 911.

THE FACTS ABOUT MAJOR DEPRESSION

Depression is more common than you might think—and it’s being diagnosed much more frequently than just a few years ago. Check the numbers*...

Depression statistics, continues to be on the rise. Depression contines to be on the rise.

PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH DEPRESSION  ARE...

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MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM ONE OR MORE CHRONIC CONDITIONS

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MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM A PAIN-RELATED DISORDER

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MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM ALCOHOL OR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

KNOW THE FACTS: SUICIDE MYTHS VS. REALITY

By being more aware of the facts, you may be able to help save the life of someone close to you. Take a couple minutes to test your knowledge about this preventable tragedy that happens every 12 minutes in the U.S.

Choose if the following statement is true or false:

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Talking openly about suicide is dangerous. It often plants the idea in a person’s head.

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Suicide usually occurs out of the blue – without any warning.

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Self-poisoning is the most common method of suicide.

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Suicide runs in families. It’s a hereditary condition that can’t be prevented.

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If a suicidal person feels better that means that the problem has passed.

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Females die by suicide more frequently than males.

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Young men are at the highest risk of killing themselves.

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Once someone is suicidal, he or she will always remain suicidal.

Thanks for taking a few moments to learn about the myths and realities of suicide. Your awareness can help save a life.

Seek help in a time of crisis with a phone call or text.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The Crisis Text line Text HOME to 741741
In case of a medical emergency, always call 911


FALSE: Discussing suicide openly is one of the most helpful things you can do. It shows you are taking the person seriously and that you care.

FALSE: 80% of people who die by suicide give some warning. That’s why it’s so important to recognize the warning signs.

FALSE: Firearms are the most commonly used method of completing suicide, accounting for more than 50% of all suicides.

FALSE: Suicide is not hereditary. It’s important to note, though, that survivors of suicide loss are at greater risk of dying by suicide themselves.

FALSE: If someone who has been depressed or suicidal suddenly seems happier, don't assume that the danger has passed. Making a decision to end one’s life often improves the person’s mental attitude and increases his/her energy to carry out the suicide plan.

FALSE: Three times as many males die by suicide while four times as many females attempt suicide.

FALSE: Males between the ages of 18 and 24 are in the group with the highest growth rate of suicide, but older men are actually at the highest risk of killing themselves.

FALSE: Heightened suicide risk is often short-term and situation-specific. While suicidal thoughts may return, they aren’t permanent and a person with previously suicidal thoughts can go on to live a long life.

Source: suicidepreventionlifeline.org

*Major Depression: The Impact on Overall Health. BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD, THE HEALTH OF AMERICA REPORT®. May 2018. www.BCBS.com/the-health-of-america/

Supportive Resources

Behavioral health impacts our ability to function in everyday life and our concept of self. Depression, anxiety, substance use and other behavioral health issues can affect how we manage our physical health and daily living challenges.

The more aware we are, the healthier we can  be.

Addressing the Stigma around Behavioral Health to Help Kids and  Teens

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) partnered with Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster Joel Goldberg to bring awareness to the behavioral health challenges affecting our community on his podcast, Rounding the Bases.

Behavioral Health Resources for Frontline Workers and Veterans

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) partnered with Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster Joel Goldberg to bring awareness to the behavioral health challenges affecting our community on his podcast, Rounding the Bases.

What is Stigma?

Our behavioral health is a crucial part of our overall health and these resources are shared to begin a conversation and improve our communities by making it more acceptable for those suffering to seek help and learn how to address their behavioral health needs.

Six Signs to Identify a Behavioral Health Condition

Behavioral health conditions are increasing with each generation and are prevalent at home, in the workplace, at schools and within the community. While these conditions share similar signs and symptoms it can be very difficult to identify them.

Managing Your Behavioral Health During A Crisis

A crisis, no matter the magnitude, can make an impact on a person’s behavioral health. Although crisis states often can’t be predicted, learning some new skills can help.

Seven Tips to Manage Stress

You may be familiar with the symptoms of stress, including a pounding heart, increased perspiration, tight neck and shoulder muscles, anxiety and fear. [These are signs that your mind and body have gone into “fight or flight” mode.] But, you may not know how to prevent or relieve these symptoms.