Mental health conditions can affect anyone, of any background, race, age or gender, and suicidal ideation is not an exception to that. Thoughts of suicide shouldn’t be handled lightly, and often, they can indicate a more pressing issue, such as a treatable mental health disorder. Often, intervention through a depression treatment program can mean the difference between suicidal thoughts and an attempted or completed suicide. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and September 10 is observed as Suicide Prevention Day. By focusing attention on suicide prevention, we can encourage those around us to let go of apprehension about discussing the topic, and educate people on how to recognize signs of suicide.
If you are battling suicidal thoughts or ideation, don’t wait. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline now at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with someone and get help 24 hours a day.
If you’re experiencing depression that is linked to or comorbid with a substance abuse disorder, Oceanfront Recovery can help. Our facility in beautiful Laguna Beach is equipped with advanced equipment and a team trained in mental health crisis intervention to stand by you in your recovery. We offer extensive mental health services in partnership with our addiction recovery programs. If you’re interested in learning how your recovery process can address both your addiction and your depression, call us today at (877) 279-1777 or visit us online to complete our secure form.
Recognizing Suicide Warning Signs
Understanding suicide is one of the most important early steps in preventing it. Anyone, regardless of outside factors, can find themselves at risk for suicide. Recognizing early signs can go a long way in preventing someone from attempting or completing suicide. Below are some things you can watch for:
- Extreme mood swings
- Talking about wanting to die or kill themself
- Looking for a way to kill themself, online or otherwise
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose in life
- Talking about being in intense pain, or feeling trapped
- Displaying rage or extreme anger
- Talking about seeking revenge
- Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
- Talking about feeling like a burden to those around themself
- Withdrawing from social situations
- Talking about feeling isolated or alone
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
If someone you know is threatening to hurt or kill themself, seeking access to lethal means of killing themself, or talking about suicide in a way that is unlike themself, do not hesitate to call 911 or the emergency service in your area. Suicide is not the only option for anyone. Intervening, starting the conversation, and getting help are the first steps to suicide prevention.
When Mental Health Crisis Intervention Is Necessary
If you or someone you love is showing signs of extreme depression or suicidal ideation, don’t wait. This Suicide Prevention Day, let’s remember that no one needs to battle these kinds thoughts alone. Mental health crisis intervention is necessary when someone’s emotional, mental, physical or behavioral response to a crisis situation needs to be managed with outside help.
Crises can cause trauma, depression, and other mental health issues, but they can also impact a potential relapse in people recovering from substance abuse disorders. Crisis intervention can help reduce the intensity of a person’s reactions to a crisis, which can lead to better functioning behavior as healing occurs.
Discover How Oceanfront Recovery Can Help
At Oceanfront Recovery, we are dedicated to giving you the best possible care in your recovery. In addition to our addiction treatment programs, we offer dual diagnosis rehabilitation, which can address not only your substance abuse disorder, but mental health disorders that may be impacting your addiction and overall use. For more information about our individualized approach, call Oceanfront Recovery today at (877) 279-1777 or visit us online.