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There’s nothing to be ashamed of having mental health issues, but it needs to be addressed.

Everyone goes through struggles, but sometimes those struggles can feel overwhelming, hopeless.

The Marquette area has dealt with several local youth deaths in recent weeks, including a high school student who committed suicide following a “cyber extortion” incident.

This type of incident occurs when a predator gains a person’s trust online and, through various means, extorts them by demanding that they send money in exchange for not posting what the victim would consider as incriminating information.

Even if such a situation is not the case, adolescents — and even adults — face daily challenges. Unfortunately, some of these challenges are exacerbated by an underlying mental illness that may not have been diagnosed.

Helping people before a problem spirals out of control, sometimes permanently, is crucial in the fight against mental illness. Friends and loved ones, however, may not always know that a person is in pain, so it is important that they learn to spot various signs, such as loss of interest in activities, withdrawal, and others. factors.

It is also important that people who are struggling mentally and emotionally know that there are people and places that can help them.

Here are some resources available to help people struggling with suicidal thoughts or other mental issues:

≤ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255

≤ Suicide Prevention Resource Center,

≤ OK2SAY,, which includes tips for avoiding sexting and sextortion from the Cyberbullying Research Center

≤ Dial 2-1-1

Students away from home can also get the help they need, although some people probably think more is possible.

According to the Northern Michigan University website at, individual and group mental health counseling is free for enrolled students, with consultation also free for the campus community. The website contains the Student Guide to Counseling and Counseling Services, which is for students who are wondering if NMU’s services are right for them, advises students on how to get the most out of their counseling experience and inform members of the NMU community – who are concerned about a student – ​​how they can make a referral or obtain a consultation.

When it comes to mental illness, it seems that resources are never enough in some cases. Of course, they can help and literally make the difference between life and death.

Although it is fading, the stigma of mental illness still exists, and people should be able to be candid about it.

Good mental health not only benefits those affected, but also their families, friends, colleagues and the whole community.

Let’s do everything we can to make this possible.

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