Updated: Jan 11, 2021
Approximately 3 people will attempt suicide in the time it takes you to read this post.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. And while September is drawing to a close it does not mean that we shouldn't continue to have conversations about normalizing mental health acceptance in our society. As health care providers, we need to screen for mental wellness at every visit as we know asking about suicide does not plant the seed for suicide but rather gives us the opportunity to intervene.
As a community living through a global health pandemic and a year of emotional, physical and mental stressors we need to be especially vigilant of warning signs of suicide: when someone we know or love starts giving away possessions, buying weapons, changing behavior such as mood swings, sleeping more or less, or withdrawal.
Let's work together to remove the stigma surrounding mental health. At Great Lakes Integrative Medicine, we work to uncover root causes of mental imbalance through connection of the mind, body and spirit coupled with advanced functional medicine lab testing and targeted non-pharmaceutical interventions. Please contact us today for a free 20 minute introductory call.