September: Suicide Awareness Month

Depression and Drug Addiction

September is nationally recognized as Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month. This month is a chance for people to reflect, pay attention, and raise awareness of this important, and tragic epidemic. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with approximately 45,000 Americans committing suicide each year, which is a staggering 123 American suicides per day.

 

Depression & suicidal thoughts are different than other mental health illnesses. Sometimes it can be very difficult to see the signs of depression in your loved ones. Depression does not discriminate across age, gender, religion, it can impact anyone and that is what makes it so scary.

 

The sad truth is the statistics previously mentioned about depression and suicide are most likely underreported, due to stigmas surrounding mental health. It is so important to spread awareness about treatment centers & depression treatment to help create a positive environment and remove the social stigmas surrounding mental health. At Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, it is our goal to ensure that our patients receive the counseling they need to combat suicidal thoughts & emotions. Do not wait! If you or someone you love is experiencing suicidal thoughts, or if there is a mental health emergency, please call us immediately at (844) 202-5555.