Local suicide prevention advocate starts 21 day initiative

COLUMBUS, Ga.- More than 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide according to the World Health Organization and 8.3 million American adults have reported suicidal thoughts in the past year.

October 2-8 is Mental Health Awareness Week and Joanne Spencer has created a new initiative to help people overcome depression. She has started a 21 day challenge that focuses on your mind body and spirit.

Joanne Spencer is a Suicide Prevention Advocate she posted a 21 day initiative on Facebook to challenge people to eat healthy, think positive and build their spiritual relationships.

Spencer said, “More aware of what they eat and the thoughts that they have and their diet because a lot of time you go through life and you’re always doing this and doing that sometimes you don’t think about the consequences.”

Larry Meisel, a Counselor at Columbus Counseling Services says studies show that eating bad foods have a negative effect on the body and can cause anxiety and depression.

“There’s a mind body interaction. So if you improve your physical health it’s going to have a positive influence on your mental health, “said Meisel.

Meisel encourages everyone battling with depression to do these few things, “Eat well, sleep well, exercise, meditate or pray.”

Meisel also says some of the key signs of depression are, “Loss of Interest, guilt or self-doubt, energy, concentration, concentration in memory and appetite.”

Meanwhile, Spencer is urging everyone suffering with depression to join her 21 day initiative.

“Starting from the mind and starting from within will help the outer so I want to encourage everybody to break those bad habits and you make better ones.,” said Spencer.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression it’s important to remember that you are not alone. You can seek professional help from a Counselor or Physician.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts you can call the Suicide Hotline at 800-784-2433.

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