“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
According to womenshealth.gov, “Getting help for mental illnesses can help prevent suicide. Because depression and substance abuse are linked to suicide, getting treatment for these disorders can help prevent suicide.
Embarrassments that are associated with mental illnesses can prevent people from getting help. First step to prevent suicide would be to talk about it, if not with a therapist, then a close friend or family member.
If you know someone whom you think may be suicidal, show that you care by:
- Listening to them with sincere concern for their feelings. Do not offer advice, but let them know they are not alone.
- Sharing your feelings with them. If you feel that they may make a reckless decision, tell that that you are concerned. They need to know that they are important to you and that you care.
- Asking in a caring manner if they have had suicidal thoughts or if they have made a suicide plan. If you feel you cannot ask the question, find someone who can.
- Calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK (8255).
Suicides can be 100% preventable. If you or someone you know are suffering from suicidal thoughts please seek immediate attention. GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the importance of a healthy lifestyle. GenPsych offers a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program which isa structured therapeutic treatment that emphasizes balance between acceptance and change. DBT helps reduce impulsive behaviors, such as suicidality, self-harm, substance abuse, eating disordered behavior, aggression, isolation, rumination, dissociation, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
For more information on GenPsych’s revolutionary Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs, visit: http://www.genpsych.com/programs/dialectical-behavior-therapy/
For more information on suicide prevention, please visit: http://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide