Helping Hands

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more people died of suicide than in car accidents last year. Many suicide attempts, however, go unreported or untreated. Surveys suggest that at least one million people in the U.S. each year engage in intentionally inflicted self-harm. I say all of this to emphasize that suicide is a preventable death. I am trained to detect warning signs and evaluate level of risk. If need be, I can admit someone to a higher level of care. Warning signs for suicide include: talking about suicide, seeking out lethal means, preoccupation with death, no hope for the future, saying good by to loved ones. My goal is to reduce factors that increase the risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. I see several clients who engaged in self harm but through online therapy, we have now found more healthier coping skills to deal with severe emotional pain. Don’t let lack of treatment hurt the people around you, tell your loved ones we all deserve a life worth living and refer them to me.