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It’s Suicide Prevention Week: What Are You Doing?

Saturday, 12 September, 2015

unnamedThis week is National Suicide Prevention Week, an annual observance that aims to inform and engage the nation around the topic of suicide prevention, encourage mental health treatment and educate people on suicide’s warning signs and risk factors.

Use the suicide infographic achieve a better understanding about suicide and the ways we can help prevent the more than 36,000 deaths by suicide each year.

Check out the articles in the National Council Magazine suicide prevention issue and share information with your networks, friends, family and people you serve.

Share information about the Black Dog Ride to support suicide prevention and Mental Health First Aid. On September 13, a band of 65 Australian motorcyclists will roll into New York City to begin the first-ever 4,350-mile “Black Dog Ride” across the United States. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds to support trainings in Mental Health First Aid for first responders and veterans. Check out this video to learn more about the ride, and donate here to help support the cause.

Suicide In America Infographic (Right Click to Save)

 

The Suicide Trap

Thursday, 10 September, 2015

Have you ever interacted with someone who on the outside appears happy, collected and participating in life, only to find out they have attempted suicide? What the person did not show

was the inside, where they are in tremendous pain and suicide had become an option. People with this idea are usually waiting for the right time to execute their plan, because they feel

helplessly trapped and overwhelmed by suicidal thoughts.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 2013 report, 41,149 people in America committed suicide. This number continues to grow. The leading group to successfully kill themselves in 2013 was 15-24 year olds. The devastation of suicide impacts all those who knew the individual no matter what the age of their lost loved one might have been. Unless this dangerous pattern is externally intervened upon by family, friends or in residential treatment, over time these recurring behaviors and thoughts will strengthen securing one into the suicide trap.

What Sets the Suicide Trap?

People who decide taking their own life is an option do not believe there is any way out of how they are feeling. This may be linked to their actual situation or they may have an inability to get past certain life events that have left them feeling hopelessly trapped. Traumas, deaths of loved ones, sexual abuse, physical abuse, drug and alcohol abuse are just a few of the events leading to negative thought patterns, giving way to the option of suicide. Sometimes people blame themselves for situations that have occurred and may have been out of their control. For example, a physically abused young adult may think, “I am a bad person and no one will ever accept me. I am already alone, so if I die it won’t matter.” Although this is just an example, many people who come through residential treatment make similar statements.

Others struggle with chemical imbalances and the impulsivity of wanting to die in a moment of despair, which can lead to a successful suicide. Many people with borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and depression may have taken their own life based upon a fleeting feeling. A permanent fix for a temporary feeling, no matter how toxic that emotion might be, reveals a problem in one’s thinking. It can blind the person who is contemplating suicide, making it extremely difficult to see that change can be around the corner. For example, a person with borderline personality disorder may make a statement like, “This pain I have is too much and no one understands what I am feeling. If I was dead, then they would understand.” For this individual, the trap has been set and this type of negative thinking may lead to a self-harm gesture which sometimes ends in suicide.

How to Help the Suicidal Person

There is a way out of the suicide trap. First, it is important to not minimize how someone feels or question them in a challenging way. Instead, approach them from a concerned and patient mind-set. This will allow you to maintain open communication instead of them shutting you out. Second, understand you have no control over changing a person’s suicidal thoughts no matter how much you care about the individual. It is important to know your options for introducing professional help into the situation. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and is available 24/7 to help your loved one to have a connection anytime. Lastly, it is important as family and friends to continue educating yourself about suicide prevention and residential treatment options as your first line of defense.

Rachel Rowitt, Ed.D, LMHC, CAP has worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. She is a freelance writer who specializes in educating the community about the effects of mental illness, addiction and how to make effective changes. She has been affiliated with Lifeskills, a residential treatment facility for mental illness and addiction, for over 5 years.

Path of Addiction

Tuesday, 1 September, 2015

Substance abuse is one of the most common addictions that family and friends notice. Addicts will describe initial alcohol and drug abuse as exciting, euphoric and free from worry, a break from responsibility. Others may state they become more confident, likable, and are more successful at work. Some claim they are only social users. What the individual may overlook is the aftermath of destruction that substance abuse leaves behind. Multiple DUIs, dropping out or flunking college semesters, ruined relationships and so on.

Family, friends, acquaintances and sometimes even strangers are affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Shameful confessions from addicts about cheating, lying and stealing leave them hiding from family and friends. This separation only contributes to the ongoing addiction. Unfortunately, isolation becomes a way of life because their loyalty lies with the substance of abuse. Addiction consumes the mind and body leading addicts to become obsessed with obtaining, using and avoiding the come down off drugs and alcohol. Addiction is exhausting and loved ones need help finding another path.

Once the decision is made to get help for substance abuse, relationships can be repaired, underlying mood issues can be resolved, goals can be completed and isolation reversed. School, work and family become the priority. Making the phone call for help is sometimes difficult. It is ok to offer a loved one help and assist them with finding the residential treatment they need. To learn more about the mental health and drug treatment programs at Lifeskills South Florida, please call our admissions office at 844-749-1560.

 

Rachel Rowitt, Ed.D, LMHC, CAP has worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. She is a freelance writer who specializes in educating the community about the effects of mental illness, addiction and how to make effective changes. She has been affiliated with Lifeskills, a residential treatment facility for mental illness and addiction, for over 5 years. 

Five Hollywood Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder

Tuesday, 25 August, 2015

The media follows and documents everything celebrities do, sometimes to a fault. Their behaviors, many of which we can relate to, are magnified. Eating disorders, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, impulsivity and sleep disturbances are all markers of behavioral difficulties associated with bipolar disorder.

1) Demi Lovato– A strong supporter of mental health awareness, she struggled with an eating disorder, addiction and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after attending a treatment facility.

2) Scott Stapp – The lead singer of rock band Creed struggled with addiction and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after hallucinations and delusions contributed to peculiar behavior that lead his wife to call 911 for help.

3) Catherine Zeta-Jones – In 2011, this actress was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II after struggling with hypomania and depression. She is outspoken about the importance of seeking professional help when needed.

4) Jean-Claude Van Damme – This action film star was charged with spousal abuse, divorced and struggled with an ongoing cocaine addiction before being diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder. He reports experiencing relief from his mood swings within one week of taking medication.

5) Sinead O’Connor – At age 37, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after many years battling depression and suicidal thoughts. A great spokesperson for bipolar awareness, she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2007. She shared about how relieved she was after being diagnosed and receiving medication.
It seems that with more education we are finding out that bipolar disorder is all around us. Some function better than others and some need professional interventions. As seen with these Hollywood celebrities who have come forth and shared about their diagnoses, substance abuse will only make symptoms of bipolar more unmanageable. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from some of the symptoms stated above, call a professional to help you understand more about bipolar disorder.

Rachel Rowitt, Ed.D, LMHC, CAP has worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. She is a freelance writer who specializes in educating the community about the effects of mental illness, addiction and how to make effective changes. She has been affiliated with Lifeskills, a residential treatment facility for mental illness and addiction, for over 5 years.

National Recovery Month

Monday, 24 August, 2015

The Broward National Recovery Month is this month. Their main event is on September 26th, 2016.

For more information visit http://www.browardrecoverymonth.org

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Memories are Forever

Monday, 17 August, 2015

Do you know someone who states their anxiety, depression or borderline personality disorder prevents them from being able to interact? It is frustrating to sit and watch while your loved ones miss out on activities and life’s special moments. Graduations, births, birthdays and weddings are just of few memories that can never be recreated. Unfortunately, some may use their depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and many other diagnoses as an excuse to not participate in life.

Depression can cause you to feel unable to make a change. Borderline personality disorder is controlled by fluctuating emotions that leave you feeling powerless to change. Anxiety can feel so overwhelming that you feel change is beyond your reach. It is difficult for the person who is suffering to really see the impact he or she is having on others. They need help from someone who can be objective. Counselors who have been specially trained to treat mental health disorders are essential for your loved one to recover.

A residential treatment facility that specializes in depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder has professionals who are able to help. Learning how to effectively manage unwanted emotions and behaviors takes time. This can be found in a structured program that offers individualized attention. The overall goal is to help your loved one to live a life full of special memories.

Rachel Rowitt, Ed.D, LMHC, CAP has worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. She is a freelance writer who specializes in educating the community about the effects of mental illness, addiction and how to make effective changes. She has been affiliated with Lifeskills, a residential treatment facility for mental illness and addiction, for over 5 years.

4th Annual Bowling Get-together

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015

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To All  Lifeskills Alumni,

I hope everyone is doing well and gearing up for summer. I am pleased to announce our “4th Annual Alumni Bowling Get-Together” at Strikes @ Boca (near the mall) on Sunday May 31 from 2 – 4pm. We will provide lanes, shoes, pizza and soda…..you get to provide yourself and some fun!

This is a great opportunity to catch up and have some fun and fellowship with your fellow alumni. I hope you all can attend. Please let me know if you’re able to join us ASAP.

As with all Lifeskills Alumni events, if there is someone you know that is interested in attending, please have them contact me @ 954-834-5099 ext.213 or email me @ peter.larmon@lifeskillssf.com

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all at the alley!

Valentine’s Day Open House

Thursday, 12 February, 2015

 

Valentine’s Day Open House

Where: 705 Bond Way, Delray Beach, FL

When: Friday February 13th, 2015 from 11am-2pm

Who: Come meet our Outpatient Staff and mingle with local clinicians

RSVP: lifeskillsevents@gmail.com

 

Showing Gratitude in Recovery

Sunday, 23 November, 2014

“Gratitude is shown through your actions, not spoken with your words.” A statement my sponsor told me that had a profound impact on the foundation of my recovery. When I first heard people speak of gratitude, especially about being grateful they are addicts, I could not grasp the concept. For so long the only thing in life I longed for was an escape from myself and the pain that I felt, I could not imagine feeling blessed for being the person I felt doomed to be. As time passed I began not only understand but to truly feel in my heart the concepts of recovery; honesty, hope, faith, courage, and so many more. Once I was able to apply the concepts in my life, being grateful took on a whole new meaning to me. What my sponsor told me finally made sense! If I truly am grateful for something I will show it in my actions not just tell others about it. For as long as I could remember my words were used solely for lies and manipulation, so why use them now for gratitude. When instead I could display it so clearly. If I’m truly grateful for my recovery I will not use, if I’m grateful for my home I will keep it clean, If I’m grateful for the people in my life I will respect them. It all seems so simple now. I cannot believe that my life has changed to the degree it has. I was not even able to function in my own mind, let alone society. Today I own my own business and I am a well rounded member of the community with almost 10 years clean and sober. None of this would have been possible without the help I received at lifeskills. Thank you to the staff at lifeskills for not giving up on me when I had completely given up on myself. Glad I now know how to express gratitude without words because there are not enough words to express how truly grateful I am for the life I have today.”

-anonymous