In 2020, the suicide rate in the United States was 13.5 per 100,000 people. In 2019, it was the 10th leading cause of death. September is suicide prevention month where many mental health advocates and professionals, as well as survivors and community members, come together to help promote suicide prevention awareness.
Alera Health’s mission is to help improve the outcome of patients with mental health and substance use concerns by helping to identify and treat chronic and/or underlying health concerns. ONEcare uses a model of an integrated system of care that aims to help behavioral health providers provide more comprehensive care for their patients.
988 is the shortened number that connects callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is now available to everyone across the United States, and Alera Health couldn't be more excited. When people who are suffering from mental health issues and suicidal thoughts call, they will be connected with trained counselors who can help. Many people report that they feel less suicidal, depressed, and overwhelmed after having called 988.
So many loved ones of those who have committed suicide report that they just missed the signs of suicide. It's important to educate yourself and those around you about the signs of suicide and depression so that you have an opportunity to make a difference when it matters most. Some of the most common signs of suicide include withdrawing from others, difficulty sleeping, having suicidal ideation, giving away their possessions, and being irritable or depressed.
The internet and social media have large influences, and when you begin to start a conversation about suicide prevention, others will take note. Use hashtags to share your thoughts and/or experiences about suicide and encourage others to do the same. Verify your resources and identify authors, creators, professionals, and community members who may have helpful online resources.
Another great way to help with suicide awareness and prevention is to get involved with a local suicide prevention organization. There are probably events being held throughout the month of September that may need volunteers or help with organization. Perhaps you could even start a new event or fundraiser to raise awareness and resources for suicide prevention. You might also consider donating to national suicide prevention organizations.
By helping to lower the cost of healthcare for those who are suffering from mental health or substance use concerns and by providing more holistic care, Alera Health improves patient health outcomes for both the long and short-term. We help to open the line of communication, so patients feel empowered to seek out help with mental health, suicide, and substance use. ONEcare’s integrated model of care aims to be a win/win for providers and for patients by providing the best patient care solutions. Learn more by contacting us today!