Mental Health Break - Suicide

As a mental health professional who prefers to work with the adolescent population, I am faced with topics that are very serious in nature. The one that I wish to discuss briefly is suicide and prevention.

  1. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24.
  2. Suicide takes the lives of almost 30,000 Americans, every year.
  3. Many who attempt suicide, never thought to seek professional care.
  4. 80% of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully. 

It is known to many as a "silent epidemic", where no one is talking about it. If you know anyone who may be silently suffering, reach out to that person and urge them to talk about their problems. It is always better to know that someone is concerned.

Depression is one mental illness that oftentimes lead to suicidal ideation. However, it is a known fact that what you eat can drastically change how you feel. Creating a healthy eating habit may have the ability to significantly lower your symptoms of depression. Keep in mind, it is always best to consult with your physician before going "cold turkey" off of anti-depressants (if you are taking them).

Also remember, that you will not notice a change within a day or two, but over an extended period of time. You can take smaller steps to adapt to eating healthier. Drink plenty of water, get tons of fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and fresh fish!