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Do you know the five signs of emotional suffering? If you don’t, a local mental health group recently joined in a national effort to make you aware of them.

When someone you know has a personality change, becomes agitated or withdrawn, stops taking care of themselves and expresses hopelessness, she could be suffering from mental illness, according to the Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America.

The Let’s Talk, Lancaster Coalition, recently signed on to become the campaign’s regional partner, and has pledged to share these five signs with 275,000 people in Lancaster County and to work together to change the culture surrounding mental health.

The Campaign to Change Direction launched in the spring of 2015 with an announcement by First Lady Michelle Obama and has been supported by public figures like England’s Prince Harry and celebrities like Richard Gere. It works to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve.

Let’s Talk, Lancaster, a United Way of Lancaster County Community Impact Partnership, was formed in 2014 and is made up of medical providers, behavioral health providers, community members, non-profit organizations, businesses and local government agencies, including Lancaster General Health. Its goals are to increase awareness of the connection between mental health and physical health, reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, promote resiliency and well-being, and improve the connection between primary care and mental health care.

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