Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Thoughts Matter

USA STATISTICS

Deaths: 47,511

Attempts: 1,400,000

Planned a suicide: 3,500,000

Serious thoughts of suicide: 12,000,000 adults and 3,000,0002 youth

THOUGHTS MATTER:

More resources should be provided to the 15,000,000 people with serious thoughts of suicide to prevent them from planning, attempting, or completing. Let’s work together to reduce suicidal ideation

 

Suicide prevention is critical to saving lives. But Suicide-Focused Treatment can make a life worth living.

Imagine a world where the 15,000,000 adults and young people suffering from serious thoughts of suicide receive evidence-based treatment that is proven to reduce suicidal ideation, hopelessness, and overall symptom distress, in as few as 6 – 8 sessions! The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (“CAMS”) is one of a handful of evidence-based suicide-focused treatments being used successfully around the world by thousands of clinicians to do just that.

TeleHealth versus Hospitalization

Too often, current systems for “prevention” involve hospitalizing a person with serious suicidal thoughts, even though hospitalization and certain medications have long been associated with increased suicide risk. For the vast majority of people experiencing suicidal thoughts, outpatient treatment is most desirable and effective.

People with serious suicidal thoughts deserve better treatment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned that many patients prefer talking from the comfort of their own home as it avoids the stress of traveling to an office and publicly seeking therapy. CAMS has been successfully used to treat people via telehealth. For more information on using CAMS and the Suicide Status Form with TeleHealth, visit:

1 CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). [Accessed 08/02/2019]. https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html

2 Reference Youth

3 CAMS Meta-Analysis Study