During the month of September, there are several suicide prevention campaigns in the United States and around the world. The entire month is Suicide Prevention Month, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, and the week surrounding WSPD (September 6th-14th) is Suicide Prevention Week.
The mission behind these observances, according the the World Health Organization, is “to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.”
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2018, there were 48,344 suicide deaths and 1.4 million suicide attempts recorded . Between 2001 and 2017, the total suicide rate increased by 31%. On average, there are 132 suicides each day, with firearms accounting for more than half of suicide deaths.
While suicide is preventable, many do not seek the help they need because of the stigma surrounding it. A 2019 study found that self-stigma, internalized perceptions of stigmatizing attitudes, is common among those with suicidal ideations.
According to a 2016 Brief by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), substance use– especially alcohol use– is linked to a significant number of suicides and suicide attempts. Alcohol and opiates are present in 22 and 20 percent of suicide deaths in the U.S., respectively.
This year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated 988 as the three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The lifeline runs crisis intervention centers across the country, which provide “free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
During Suicide Prevention Month, the lifeline also promotes #Bethe1To resources for those who are not afflicted with suicidal ideations. These resources are meant to educate non-suicidal individuals on how they can best support a struggling loved one.
If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal ideation, substance use disorder or both, there is help and hope. At Amatus Recovery Centers around the country, we offer premier treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. From medical detox to residential treatment to outpatient services, Amatus covers the entire continuum of addiction-related care, including Trauma-Informed Therapy to address the underlying issues which cause one to use.
To learn which level of care is right for you, call and Admissions Specialist today at (410) 593-0005. Addiction and Mental Health Disorders are treatable, and recovery is possible.