Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Breaking
can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.
to the American Association of
more than 47,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide in 2017, with an average of
one person taking his or her own life every 11.1 minutes.
can all help prevent this tragic loss of life. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health joins other
individuals and organizations to promote awareness and combat the stigma
associated with suicide.
September, Devereux recognizes the following observances:
- September: Suicide Prevention
- September 8–14: National Suicide
- September 10: World Suicide
“Talking openly about suicide and mental health eliminates
the stigma that prevents many individuals from asking for help,” said Devereux
Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D. “We must continue this conversation – not only
during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, but all year long – so those in
crisis are not afraid or ashamed to seek the services and support they need. No
one should suffer in silence.”
Growing problem among young people
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that
suicide rates in the United States have increased by 30 percent since 1999.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and the second leading
cause of death for people ages 10 to 34.
In addition, data from the CDC’s 2017 National
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) shows that 17.2 percent of high
school students “seriously considered attempting suicide,” and 13.6 percent of
high school students made a plan for how they would attempt suicide.
“These numbers are staggering. And social media only adds
to the stress that younger generations experience today,” Graham explained.
“Bullying has turned into cyberbullying, and individuals are emboldened because
of the relative anonymity of the internet. A high schooler recently told me
that you could feel popular and accepted at 10 a.m., and then someone could
tweet something about you by 12 p.m. that could ruin the rest of your high
school life. While many schools have developed anti-bullying campaigns – we must
do more. The lives of our children are at stake.”
Know the warning signs
The CDC states
that a combination of factors – relationship problems or loss, substance misuse,
physical health problems, and job, money, legal or housing stress – contribute
to the risk of suicide. Warning signs include:
or writing about wanting to die
from family and friends
alcohol and drug use
too much or too little
in sleeping habits
If you are in crisis – know that you are not
alone. Reach out to a family member, friend or doctor, or take advantage of the
specialty mental health services
Devereux has a history of helping individuals
and families in need of hope and healing.
We provide innovative programs and services for
children, adolescents and adults with emotional and behavioral disorders in community
and residential settings. Diagnoses served include anxiety disorders, bipolar
disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression,
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, psychotic disorders and disruptive
Learn more about our specialty
mental health programs and services.
||Devereux centers recognized by Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ inclusion efforts
Ten Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health centers have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign, the leading LGBTQ rights and advocacy group in the U.S., for supporting and serving LGBTQ youth and families.
||Human Rights Campaign features Devereux in its annual report
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is proud to be featured in the Human Rights Campaign’s “Change-Makers in Child Welfare 2020,” an annual report highlighting the All Children - All Families program’s partnership with 100 organizations across the country that are working to improve the programs and services they provide to the LGBTQ community.
||Matilda Jane Clothing donates more than 5,000 face masks to Devereux’s essential staff
Matilda Jane Clothing is showing support for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s front-line staff by donating colorful and beautifully-crafted face masks. The Indiana-based clothing company recently donated 5,000 fabric face masks to the nonprofit to help team members stay safe and healthy.
||Yvette Jackson discusses Devereux Arizona’s programs and services on Hubbard Radio’s Valley Focus show
Listen as Devereux Arizona Executive Director Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, discusses the center’s programs and services on Hubbard Radio’s Valley Focus show. Jackson shares valuable information about Devereux Arizona’s therapeutic foster care program and outpatient services, and explains how the organization is supporting individuals and families during COVID-19.
||Like, follow and share Devereux’s new national Facebook page
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Facebook Careers Page has transitioned into our new national Facebook page. In addition to accessing the latest Devereux career opportunities, followers will learn more about what’s happening across all of our centers, programs and services.
||Georgia robotics team creates 3-D printed face shields for Devereux’s front-line staff
Students from a Georgia robotics team, Checkmate Robotics #12961, are leading by example, and using their 3-D printing skills to create face shields for Devereux’s front-line staff.
||Article features Dr. Yolanda Graham: “Talking to individuals with autism about COVID-19”
For families and caregivers of children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges, such as confusion and disruptions to daily routines and schedules. Read this Autism Spectrum News article featuring Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D., as she offers tips for talking to individuals with ASD about COVID-19.
||Human Rights Campaign donates more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) donated more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to help protect the individuals in its care, along with its outstanding and dedicated team members, as part of the “HRC Gives Back” campaign.
||Devereux honors nurses and teachers during observances in May
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is paying tribute to the selfless and inspiring nurses and teachers who continue to provide the best possible care and support for children, adolescents and adults through the COVID-19 pandemic - and all year long.
||Podcast: Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares tips for helping families with special needs cope during a pandemic
For many families, maintaining a regular schedule during school closures and social distancing can be challenging, especially if you are caring for a child or adult with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. Listen as Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, who is a mother of three teenage children (one with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities), shares tips to help parents and caregivers cope with a pandemic on WXPN’s Kathy Chats podcast.
||Erin Clemens shares her journey with autism on the My Autism Tribe podcast
Listen as Erin Clemens, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 15 and receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, shares her journey with autism on the My Autism Tribe podcast.
||Devereux Center for Effective Schools releases free, online training modules for educators
With schools across the U.S. shifting to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Devereux Center for Effective Schools (CES) recently developed a series of free, online training modules to help educators successfully adapt to this new reality and engage students through remote instruction.