Articles from: September 2017

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Part 2

As suicide rates continue to be on the rise in our country, it is important to be mindful of the way in which we communicate about it. Much like anything, there is, what we as clinicians would call, both helpful and unhelpful language to use when we are caring for those who have had a loved one die by suicide. Here are three things to be more aware of as we navigate these discussions.

‘Completed’ or ‘Not Completed’ – More helpful language to use would be completed or not completed, as oppose to ‘Attempted’ or ‘Committed’. This allows…

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Part 1

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24. As healthcare professionals we love being able to put helpful information into the hands of parents and other loved ones. It is helpful to know about resources that can potentially save lives. Let your teen know about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. Even if your teen does not struggle with suicidal thoughts, they know someone that does and providing them with this information can help them give a friend…

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