Suicide Prevention & Treatment
In the United States, the prevalence of suicide – the act of fatally harming oneself — has been steadily increasing in the last decade. Today, it is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, according to the CDC, and claims 123 lives per day in the US. In total, that amounts to nearly 45,000 deaths per year.
At Retreat Behavioral Health, we work with patients who have suicidal ideations to prevent them from acting upon these thoughts or plans, and help them overcome the psychological or psychiatric burden that is driving them to such extreme lengths.
Why Do People Commit Suicide?
When it comes to determining what causes suicide, there are a number of reasons why someone would want to take their own life. However, a few leading causes often account for a majority of suicides each year.
Depression: The most common cause of suicide, deep depressive thoughts are typically accompanied with a sense of suffering and a feeling of hopelessness about escaping the pain. It’s important to talk about depression no matter how uncomfortable, as this can cause individuals suffering from this illness to open up more and grow confident enough to speak up about their pain.
Psychosis: Mental illnesses have been known to cause suicide through cognitive impairment. Schizophrenia is a type of psychosis that is often associated with suicidal tendencies. Inner voices will command otherwise functional individuals to commit self-harm, and must be treated to prevent these voices from becoming too authoritative.
Cry For Help: A cry for help occurs when an individual suffering from internal or emotional pain, either cannot or does not alert others around them and will attempt suicide as a last resort. In some cases, these individuals will select methods they believe won’t actually harm them, but are oftentimes tragically misinformed
Accidents: Accidental suicide is a very common cause among younger teenagers and young adults. This cause can be linked to substance abuse problems, and typically occurs to those suffering from an addiction. The best defense against this cause is to seek detox treatment or substance abuse recovery.
Social Isolation: Common in many different age groups, social isolation causes individuals to experience loneliness, a known leading cause of suicide, especially among men. Often, those experiencing social isolation have difficulty expressing their feelings to others and coming forward to admit suicidal thoughts. Due to the perceived threat of isolation, an individual will resort to suicide as a way to escape.
Find Help At Retreat
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing suicidal tendencies or thoughts, contact Retreat Behavioral Health today. Our specially trained medical and support staff is uniquely trained to treat mental disorders or provide healing therapy for depression and isolation. Our approach is completely personalized, and tailored to the needs of every individual. We accept admissions 24-hours a day, call us now. If you are considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.