According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 40,000 Americans die by suicide each year, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In an effort to reduce this number through education and awareness, the American Association of Suicidology hosts National Suicide Prevention Week September 8-14 and World Suicide Prevention Day September 10.
Mental health and substance abuse issues are the leading risk factors for suicide. Over 90 percent of the people who die from suicide have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Many struggle with co-existing substance abuse and twice as many women attempt suicide as men.
Along with the increased risk of suicide in those struggling with Major Depression and bipolar disorder, many suicide victims suffer from untreated mood disorders. Women with borderline personality disorder often struggle with impulse control that leads to self-injurious behavior and a suicide rate 400 times that of the national average.
With the appropriate level of care from therapists and psychiatrists, women learn to overcome thoughts of suicide. Psychotherapy such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teach women the skills necessary to effectively regulate emotions, manage impulses and establish healthy ways to cope with emotional distress.
Symptoms of mental health disorders can distort a woman’s sense of reality, making her feel as if there is no hope; but suicide is never the only option. Brookhaven Retreat urges any woman who is contemplating self-harm to seek appropriate help immediately.
Brookhaven Retreat believes treating the root of mental health and substance abuse issues is a critical step in reducing and preventing the ultimate tragedy. It remains dedicated to helping women regain control of their emotional and mental health as they work to establish joy, hope and wellness in life.