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With the holidays often being a time of stress and bringing back painful memories, it is necessary to bring to light the traumatic reality of loss, especially in the mental health realm.

At the mere uttering of the word “suicide” many people can think of someone close to them who was successful in ending their own life. It is a common thread among those struggling with mental illness to have suicidal thoughts, and working with clients at BlueSky it’s something that we must always be aware of and watchful for. With intensive therapeutic treatment, a supported living environment, and the ability to connect with peers facing the same issues – members are provided with the tools needed to climb their way out of the darkness.

The Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2010 nearly 34% of people that committed suicide tested positive for alcohol, 23.8% for antidepressants, and 20% for opiates, including heroin. These figures speak volumes about the dual-diagnosed mentally ill population, who often are struggling with not only depression but also a substance abuse disorder.1

The CDC also reported that last year an estimated 2.7 million people made a plan at how they would attempt to take their own life, with the adult population between the ages of 18 to 25 having the highest rates of suicidal ideation.1

At BlueSky, it is one of the most rewarding experiences to witness the metamorphosis of clients that sought treatment for depression, and leave a clinical setting with a promising future ahead of them. With effective treatment, clients that initially report frequent suicidal ideation can confidently return to independent living often without the hovering cloud of suicidal thoughts hindering their quality of life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with powerful depressive thoughts and/or contemplating suicide – it is never too late to seek help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24 hours a day by calling: 1-800-273-8255.

Source: “Suicide Facts At A Glance” https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/suicide-datasheet-a.pdf