Let’s Talk…How to talk about suicide

How do you talk about this serious issues without glamorizing it? Well education to co-occurring disorders is the start.

Did you know, People with mental health disorders sometimes do not address their substance use because they don’t believe it is relevant to their problems such as:

  • Depression. In some cases, individuals may start to abuse a substance to mask the symptoms of depression.

  • Bipolar disorder. Those with bipolar disorder — a condition that causes alternating cycles of depression— may attempt to smooth out mood swings with alcohol.

  • Anxiety. Alcohol abuse is more common in both men and women with anxiety disorders.

  • Schizophrenia. Psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, may lead to substance abuse as a way to ease the distress that these symptoms can cause. And because of masking their symptoms suicide becomes an option.

 Did you know more people die in the U.S. by suicide than in car accidents?  according to a 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

Most people who commit suicide do exhibit warning signs such as talking about wanting to die or about feeling hopeless and without a purpose; increasing alcohol or drug use; displaying extreme mood swings; or withdrawing and feeling isolated.

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I tell you how many more will have to die before society opens their eyes that co-Occurring disorders and mental health affects us all!

We must tell Congress we need more funding concerning co-occurring disorders and integrative care treatment.

We must  educate and advocate for change!