Local man opens up about mental health and how society can help

Research shows suicides are on the rise in almost every state in the country. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, ages 45-64 saw a 25% increase in 2016. Texas alone, almost 20%

Mental illness specialists say each suicide case is different, and patients who come for help can be diagnosed immediately.

Specialists at the Spindletop Center say someone who has trouble sleeping, and constant anger can be signs of someone suffering from mental illness.

"I hope that we can start having a conversation as a society as a nation, and as a people that we can come together, and we can have some kind of dialogue about this and really effect a positive change," Richard Stephenson says.

Stephenson was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 10-years ago. He says each says day is a struggle, but it's important to understand when someone is in need of help.

If you or anyone you know that suffers from mental illness or having suicidal thoughts, you can text or call the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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