Oceans Healthcare Recognizes National Suicide Prevention Month

Sep 14th, 2015

Highest Suicide Rate Among Adults 45-64 Years Old

The highest suicide rate in the country (19.1 percent) is among adults 45 to 64 years old, with the second highest rate (18.6 percent) occurring in those 85 years and older, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oceans Healthcare, a behavioral health provider focused on the healing and long-term recovery of older adults and seniors, recognizes National Suicide Prevention Month in September. This month is aimed at educating and engaging the public in vital conversations about mental health and suicide prevention.

Suicide can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or economic status and, in almost all cases, it can be traced to unrecognized, untreated or poorly treated mental illness. While nearly all mental disorders have the potential to increase the risk for suicide, studies show the most common disorders among people who die by suicide are major depression and other mood disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia and personality disorders. For older adults, the challenges of aging – such as life-long mental illness compounded by aging, loss of a loved one, or complications and side effects of multiple medications – can lead to depression and other mental illness.

 “At Oceans, we strive to destigmatize behavioral health and believe firmly that no illness can be treated successfully in whispers and darkness,” said Oceans CEO Stuart Archer.” We are committed to providing high-quality care, educating our community members and supporting patients and their families to combat mental illness and increase the likelihood that individuals will disclose a need.”

Suicide warning signs can include:

  • Talking about suicide, wanting to die or killing oneself
  • Researching or looking for a means to kill oneself, such as online searches or purchasing a gun
  • Talking about feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, unbearable pain
  • Increased alcohol or drug abuse
  • Increased or decreased sleep
  • Acting anxious, restless or reckless
  • Isolating oneself
  • Extreme mood swings

It is estimated that 20 percent of people age 55 or older experience some type of mental health concern. For more information, please visit: www.afsp.org.

If you, or someone you love, is having suicidal thoughts, get help now. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

ABOUT OCEANS HEALTHCARE

Oceans Healthcare is a nationally recognized behavioral health provider focused on healing and long-term recovery. Founded in 2004, Oceans provides inpatient and outpatient treatment with a special focus on the unique physical and emotional needs of older adults and seniors. With 17 locations in Texas and Louisiana, Oceans hospitals are consistently recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. For more information, visit www.oceanshealthcare.com

 

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