Preventing suicide: Eliminating the stigma behind mental illness
recent weeks, the world has been shocked and saddened by the suicides of fashion
icon Kate Spade and celebrity chef/author Anthony Bourdain. While the news
cycle may slow down in coverage around these tragedies, addressing the topics of
suicide and mental illness are ones that need to stay at the forefront of our
Advanced Behavioral Health wants to continue this national conversation and
help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, so people reach out
and get the care and treatment they so desperately need.
is a chronic disease. And similar to other chronic illnesses, if left untreated,
depression can be fatal,” explained Devereux Senior Vice
President and Chief Clinical/Chief Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham. “Can you imagine telling someone suffering unmanageable
pain from rheumatoid arthritis to simply ‘tough it out?’ Depression is no
different. Everyone’s life matters. Treatment is available. And we can all play
a role to create safe spaces for those who need our support, so they feel
comfortable speaking up and getting help.”
CDC reports rising
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent “Vital Signs”
report, suicide rates have risen in nearly every state.
2014 to 2016, 25 states had suicide rate increases higher than 30 percent.
2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide.
is the 10th leading cause of death and is one of just three leading causes that
are on the rise.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Suicide
Resource Center states that young people are especially affected.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10-to-24-year-olds, and the
sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds.
Varied causes of
CDC notes that suicide is rarely caused by a single factor. Relationship
problems or loss, substance misuse, physical health problems, and job, money,
legal or housing stress often contribute to the risk for suicide. However, more
than half of those who died by suicide did not
have a known diagnosed mental health
condition at the time of their death.
know that many people who make the decision to end their lives have depression or
another chronic mental condition – whether or not it’s been diagnosed,” noted Graham.
people might appear to ‘have it all’ and are fully functional with families and
friends. It could be the captain of the football team or a CEO of a successful
company. Unfortunately, no one sees it coming and, as a result, the impact is
devastating. People living with mental illness need to be reassured that there is
no shame or fault in having a chronic disease.”
Getting help; reaching
- For individuals in
out to a friend, family member or family doctor. You are not alone. Your life
matters. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for
- For those who want to
help their friends/loved ones: Reach out and check-in regularly. Listen and
encourage the individual to seek professional help. To learn more about the warning
signs of suicide and appropriate responses for people at risk, visit www.BeThe1to.com or access AACAP’s Suicide
Devereux is here to help
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is
committed to providing trauma-focused care – along with innovative programs and
services – for children, adolescents and adults with emotional and behavioral
disorders in community and residential settings. Click here to learn more about our Specialty Mental Health
programs and services.
learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and its culture and
history of helping individuals and families in need, click here.
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Dr. Yolanda Graham featured in Georgia Voice article: “LGBTQ researcher named GA Psychiatrist of the Year”
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