Suicide is a silent killer in the US but the resources are becoming more available to those who reach out.
“Suicide is a preventable public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States.” the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention writes.
Before the close of the year, Santa Clarita Valley(SCV) has reached 21 suicides, the highest suicide rate in any year on city record.
Over 7000 patients dealing with depression and thoughts of suicide are admitted into the Behavioral Health unit at Henry Mayo each year.
To be discharged, patients have to be in a better place. Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Unit at Henry Mayo, Cary Quashen said. “What is really neat about what we do is we give new hope.”
The unit is open 24 hours a day and offers assistance every day of the year.
The Student Health and Wellness Center at the College of the Canyons,COC, offers its students professional counseling, nutritional counseling and mental health education.
Depression is misconstrued as a mental health problem that will never pass but that is not the case, COC Student Health and Wellness Assistant Director Larry Schallert said.
WebMD indicates that 50% to 75% of those considering suicide will give someone – a friend or relative – a warning sign.
“Not everyone who is considering suicide will say so, and not everyone who threatens suicide will follow through with it.” The site says.
“People have serious problems even to the point where they’re feeling suicidal,” Schallert said. “They can recover and get to the point where they’re not feeling that way.”
Students at College of the Canyons can come into the Student Health and Wellness center any day of the work week and can be seen or chat with a counselor right away.
Support groups such as A Line of Hope in the Savia Community Center in Newhall can offer help to young teens and adults in need of a support when dealing with destructive behaviors, thoughts of suicide or substance abuse.
If you or a loved one is dealing with these conditions, there are groups, counselors and hotlines in the Santa Clarita area that can help. Anybody dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide can call the following hotline, 1-800-273-talk (8255).