This year, World Mental Health Day is centered on suicide prevention. Suicide rates have been rising steadily over the past decade. Today, it’s the 11th leading cause of death in Pennsylvania and the second most common for people aged 15 to 341.
Those at risk of suicide include individuals with mental health conditions such as depression or bi-polar disorder, people who misuse drugs and alcohol, and individuals with a history of trauma. There are other factors that help prevent suicide, including involvement in the community and access to effective mental health care.
When you’re ready to meet with a professional about your mental health, knowing where to start can be daunting. People who already have a primary care provider may choose to start there, and often have success with treatment directly from their PCP. Others seek out psychologists or therapists who deal exclusively with mental health.
In the Pottstown area, Creative Health Services offers a range of options for adults and children. And they have offices around the region, ensuring help is never far away.
To learn more about maintaining mental and emotional health, find resources from Creative Health Services, which can help you understand the symptoms and risks of mental illness, substance abuse, and childhood trauma.
Suicide is preventable and help is available. If a loved one or you are considering suicide, talk it through with someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.