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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cure Stigma: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The topic of suicide is of significant importance in the United States. It's the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 and the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Suicidal thoughts are treatable, and suicide can be prevented. However, many people struggle to get the help they desperately need. Why? The answer is complicated, and many factors can prohibit one from seeking treatment for mental illness. However, stigma plays a role in preventing people from getting help, more times than not.

Mental illness like addiction and depression are common; one in five adults suffer from one or more types of mental health disorders. Science tells us that people are not to blame for mental illness. Still, many people in America believe that feeling depressed or developing a dependence on drugs and alcohol is a choice. They think that individuals could choose to be happier or decide to stop using mind-altering substances all on their own. The reality is altogether different.

Mental health disorders are complex diseases for which there is no cure. Fortunately, there are evidence-based treatments that can break the disease cycle and equip men and women with the tools to recover.

The shame that stigmas lead to prevents people from talking about their problems. When men and women are afraid to speak, they are less likely to seek treatment. As a society, we need to work together to acknowledge science and cure stigma. Doing so will save countless lives.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 46 percent of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition. Interviews with family, friends, and medical professionals indicate that 90 percent of people who die by suicide had shown symptoms of mental illness, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

People who are experiencing suicidal thoughts can benefit from talking openly about their issues, but most are afraid of facing repercussions. It's so vital that we, as a society, come together to let those suffering know that support is available, treatment works, and recovery is possible. Individuals in recovery are in a unique position to help encourage others to seek help.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling for the nation to rally behind men and women living with untreated mental health conditions. This includes those who are already working programs of recovery and those who are in therapy for mental illness.

Those in recovery all have a story to tell, and what they have to say can inspire change in people living in despair. If you are in recovery and would like to help NAMI spread messages of hope, then please consider sharing your experience with the world. You can anonymously discuss the obstacles you face and what you have done to make life improvements.

You Are Not Alone and OK2Talk are two safe, moderated spaces for sharing stories and creative expression about mental illness and suicide. If you are not comfortable with sharing your account, then you can help out in other ways. NAMI asks that you utilize the organization's promotional tools to disseminate essential facts about mental health and suicide. NAMI writes:

"It's important for people living with mental health conditions to know that they are not alone. Sharing a story about your personal experiences with mental health challenges can help in your own recovery as well as provide encouragement and support to others with similar experiences." 

Anything you can do to start discussions about mental illness will help to lessen the stigma that keeps people living in silence. Please use Suicide Prevention Awareness Month as an opportunity to inspire hope for recovery in others.

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At Celebrate Hope, we can help you break the cycle of addiction and address co-occurring mental illnesses. Our staff utilizes evidence-based addiction treatment modalities along with the teachings of Jesus to promote recovery in adult men and women. Please contact us today to learn more.

Please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately, if you are struggling with suicidal ideations.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A Voice for Recovery in You

Addiction recovery is possible for all who strive to make positive changes in their life. Unfortunately, countless people across the country feel unable or unwilling to reach out for assistance. It is a reality that needs to change.

In the 21st Century, there exist myriad resources for men and women in the grips of addiction or mental illness. Treatment centers, transitional living services, and support groups abound in America; but, many people struggle to find the courage to utilize available resources.

Some individuals are not ready, while others are paralyzed by the fear of what follows admitting they have a problem. The stigma of mental illness is a formidable force that still prevents people from seeking assistance. Society still harbors misguided perceptions about addiction, which leaves many people riddled with shame.

Fortunately, each American has within them the ability to end the stigma of mental and behavioral health disorders via compassion and understanding. Acknowledging the irrefutable science making it clear that alcohol and substance use disorders are complex diseases is an excellent place to start.

Nobody blames the person with diabetes for their condition; so should be the case for the alcoholic and addict. Instead, communities can do an excellent service and recognize the millions of people who are in long-term recovery. In doing so, more people will find the courage to seek help.

Addicts and alcoholics can no longer be treated as social pariahs if we ever hope, as a nation, to end the epidemic raging across America. People with use disorders are sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, and brothers and sisters. They are also friends, coworkers, and members of the world community who happen to have treatable health conditions.

During National Recovery Month, please join Celebrate Hope and other voices for recovery in spreading the message that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover.

National Recovery Month 2019

If you are one of the millions of Americans in recovery, then you can play a critical role during National Recovery Month. Your experience can affect change and potentially encourage other men and women to seek rehabilitation services.

This year is the 30th Anniversary of National Recovery Month; the theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” Just as you work with other alcoholics and addicts to stay clean and sober, you can unite with others in sobriety across the country to inspire change.

The official sponsor of Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), asks that you take time to submit your story online. Men and women in the grips of addiction may chance upon your words or video. Those who relate will feel empowered to follow your lead and take steps toward sobriety.

If you are not comfortable with disseminating your experience, that is your choice and right. However, you can still play an essential role in spreading messages of hope on social media. There are also events taking place in every state to raise awareness about prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

There are many ways you can get involved with this vital observance, and we hope that you will help increase awareness. “Your efforts can help reduce the stigma around the impact of mental and substance use disorders, and support individuals living in recovery.”

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