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Suicide and Addiction: What are the Risks?

Monday, 11 September, 2017

By: Dr. Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC

Today more than ever, as the United States experiences record breaking-overdose statistics, the public is more exposed to the dangers of addiction. Slowly, the population finds increasingly harder to ignore or deny the impact of opiates on the American people, with over 33,000 Americans dying from opioid use in 2015. Hidden beneath the veil of the terrible epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, looms the fact that many of these deaths are not accidental. They are suicides. Addiction recently published a study of five million veterans in which scientists reported of those diagnosed with opioid use disorder showed an increased risk of suicide in males and females. The risk of suicide death in women was double that for men; the rate was eight times higher than the national average. The researchers concluded that the suicide rate among those suffering from an opioid use disorder was 86.9/100,000, compared to the rate of 14/100,000 in the general U.S. population. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

Robin Williams and Depression

Sunday, 24 August, 2014

Robin_WilliamsAll too often it is the tragic loss of a celebrity that brings mental illness to the forefront of our minds. In losing Robin Williams to suicide, the press has been abuzz with words like “suicide,” “depression,” “mental illness,” and “addiction.” What has not been as frequently mentioned is a key component in managing all of those challenges…hope. (more…)

New Study Reveals the Depth of Self-Harm Practices Among Teens

Sunday, 4 December, 2011

A new report released mid-November examining teenagers and self-harm found troubling results. One in 12 teenagers will engage in self-harming activities such as cutting, burning or other life threatening risks. The study was conducted by the Center for Adolescent Health, Melborne, Australia. (more…)

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