Suicide Prevention: New Paths Can Bring Brighter Outcomes
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
A rallying point for the mental health community, September offers the opportunity to raise awareness, connect individuals, provide resources and when applicable provide critical treatment services.
The topic of suicide, which is often the result of an untreated mental condition, shares many of the same attributes and often the same stigma as drug addition. Drug addiction is often hidden away from friends and family until it is too late. The stigma often associated with drug addiction, which can be similar to that of suicide, leads to a lack of communication and hinders individuals from securing the treatment that is necessary.
Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind friends and family to navigate the tragedy of loss. The number of deaths by suicide is dwarfed in comparison to the deaths related to drug overdoses. Governor Chris Christie, the newly President-appointed head of the White House Opiate Task Force, shared during his 2017 State of the State Address that according to the Surgeon General, an American dies every 19 minutes from an overdose of heroin or prescription opioids.
September brings together organizations across a wide spectrum of the rehabilitation support community, including mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members to promote suicide prevention awareness. As a nation, we need to change the stigma that is attached to suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental health issues.
It is critical that patients and those that are connected with those that suffer from addiction are aware of the resources that are available and the commitment that is necessary to save lives and create stronger communities.
As a leader in the fight against opioid addiction, Center For Behavioral Health (CBH) offers a wide range of services across the nation with onsite staff of highly qualified physicians, pharmacists, nurses and licensed and certified counselors. While every patient is unique in their needs, counseling plays a critical role in each persons recovery.
The best course of action often starts with a conversation. This conversation leads to a clear understanding of the issues and the knowledge of where resources can be found. It is because of this that I wanted to highlight some resources and important links for those that suffer addiction and /or suicide ideation:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
- National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
While September is recognized as suicide prevention month, I believe that the broader health community has begun to treat it as an opportunity to address recovery in general. As a nation of communities let’s plan to support recovery, the industry that is focused on helping others and, support ones that we love and care for and eliminate the stigma that has become associated with suicide, addiction and mental health issues.