All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for adolescents ages 13-18, observes Suicide Awareness Month this September by providing insight into suicide prevention in teens.
A recent study found that 74% of teen deaths between the ages of 15-19 are caused by accident, homicide or suicide. In 2014, suicide was found to be the second leading cause of death among young people ages 13-19.
“The current research on suicide prevention among adolescents points to causes of suicidal distress including psychological, environmental and social factors,” comments Jordan Killpack, MA, NCC, CMHC. “Mental health is the leading risk factor for suicide including depression, substance use disorders, and other mental health disorders. More than 90% of those who die by suicide have one or more of these risk factors.”
According to Killpack, the first line of defense against suicidality is often family members or friends who are frequently the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide and can be the first step toward helping an at-risk individual find treatment with someone who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health concerns.
“For family members or friends who seek to help someone in emotional pain, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suggests taking specific action steps,” comments Killpack. “These include: asking at-risk individuals about their suicidal thoughts, reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places, and saving the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in their phone.”
For more information about suicide prevention and awareness, please visit Jordan Killpack’s article on the subject.
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a unique residential treatment center that works with all students ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to students struggling with issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations offers on campus fulltime psychiatric and nursing care. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens.For more information, please call 1-855-290-9681