This is a time to show compassion for those affected by suicide, to raise awareness about suicide risk and to connect individuals with suicidal thoughts to treatment services.
- Suicide affects everyone, not just victims. Suicide impacts family and friends long after the loss of a loved one.
- If you feel someone is at risk, take time to talk with them. Research shows that people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring, non-judgmental way.
- Help them stay safe. Studies show that fewer suicides occur when people have less access to lethal means (firearms, certain medications, etc.).
- Encourage supportive connections. If someone is at risk, help them create a network of people and resources for support. This will help them take positive action and reduce feelings of isolation and hopelessness.
Help is available! Visit the Mind Your Mental Health website or contact your program to learn more about how to help yourself or someone you care about.
During September, Stamp Out Stigma is taking this opportunity to discuss substance use disorder recovery. We will be highlighting the importance of speaking openly about recovery and finding treatment, since there is still stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing resources and starting conversations. Throughout the month of September, we encourage family, friends, and loved ones to learn more about mental illness and substance use disorder and what resources are available to help those find treatment. Here are some important facts you should know:
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
- More women with AMI (48.8%) received mental health treatment than men with AMI (33.9%).
- The misuse of prescription opioids and use of heroin is one of the most significant public health issues in the United States. Opioid abuse claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes.
- According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning.
- 50% of individuals with eating disorders abused alcohol or illicit drugs, a rate five times higher than the general population
Remember, mental illness does not discriminate. Join us to help bring attention to help improve the lives of millions of Americans living with a mental illness.