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Health

September 9-15 is National Suicide Prevention Week

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The statistics regarding suicide are alarming, as well as tragic.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for the loss of almost 45,000 Americans each year.  It is estimated that there are 123 suicides each day, with approximately 25 additional suicide attempts for every suicide recorded.

At Capstone Behavioral Health Care in Newton, therapists are available to talk with anyone contemplating suicide, and with family members concerned about their loved ones.  “This year, in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, we’re hosting an event at our office called Let’s Taco About Suicide Prevention,” said Amanda Johnson, PhD, Clinical Director of Capstone Behavioral Health.  “On September 12th, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, a taco truck will be located in the parking lot adjacent to the Capstone office, and will be selling tacos.  During that time, our therapy staff will enjoy tacos with the community, and will be available to talk about suicide prevention and to answer any questions that people have.”

Johnson believes having a National Suicide Prevention Week is extremely important for helping to prevent suicides from happening.  “This special program brings awareness to the issue of suicide,” she explained.  “It also reduces the stigma of suicide, because it increases the number of conversations about it and encourages people to ask for help.”

There is no single cause that leads to suicide; it most often occurs when someone with a mental health condition experiences stressors that exceed their current coping abilities.  “Anyone contemplating suicide can call Capstone to speak with a therapist,” said Johnson.  “There are also several good websites with information about suicide and suicide prevention.  One of my favorites is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a great source for education programs, local information, and support for those who lost a loved one to suicide.”  Visit https://afsp.org for more information, or contact:

Capstone Behavioral Health Care

1123 1st Avenue E, Suite 200

Newton, Iowa. 50208

Phone:  641-792-4012

www.capstonebh.com