September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is a very difficult topic for a lot of people to discuss. However, that is just what we need to do. Suicide is not a rarity that can be ignored. We guess that most people have known someone who has been directly affected by suicide.  It is something that happens all over the US. Depression and suicide affect those of all races, ethnicities, sexualities, and ages. But there is hope and people who care. Here at the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH), we aim to create a warm and caring environment for a diverse group of people that allows them to start a conversation to change someone’s life.

With the growing prevalence of suicide in the United States, there is need for lots of conversations to happen. According to SAVE and the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. An even more alarming statistic is that there is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes (SAVE & CDC, 2018). Just for comparison sake, there are 1,440 minutes in a day, meaning that roughly 120 people fall victim to suicide every day. These numbers are truly alarming. Do Something, a digital platform that empowers offline action, states that “about 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number 1 cause of suicide.”  Use these statistics to inspire you to have the conversation, let someone know you are here and can direct them to get help.

CBH is here to help those who battle depression or other mental health concerns that might increase someone’s risk of considering suicide. Our dedicated therapists offer compassionate care and a safe space for those whose who need someone to talk to.  Whether is it to help work on coping skills or just to offer an ear to listen, we strive to be a welcoming place for everyone. Additionally, CBH wants to ask a favor of those who don’t work in the mental health field – talk to people that you know are struggling. You don’t have to be a licensed psychologist to be able to have a conversation with someone who is down. A simple conversation could make a huge impact on their lives.

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