COVID-19 UPDATE
In keeping with our central mission and one of our core tenets “Recognizing that care delayed is care denied”, we will continue to work with and admit those seeking our care. For more information on how we have planned and operationalized our approach to Covid19 please see stories on our blog or email [email protected].

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Suicide Awareness Month

September is Suicide Awareness Month. According to NCHS, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in adolescents 15 – 19 years old and the suicide rate among adolescents was 33% higher than in 2017 than in 1999. Now, with the isolation created by virtual school and social distancing in response to COVID-19, we need to be more aware than ever of the signs of suicide.

According to the Suicide Prevention Hotline, there are many ways to help a loved one you might suspect is thinking about suicide:

  • Take them seriously
  • Listen with empathy and provide support
  • Don’t keep suicide a secret
  • Know the warning signs:
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swing

Additionally, to take care of yourself:

  • Ask for help, the Suicide Prevention Hotline number is 800-273-8255
  • Make a safety plan
  • Remember that this feeling/thought can be overcome
  • Evaluate your relationships, avoid those that are negative

At New Hope, we understand that many of the youth we serve come to us with a history of trauma and/or depression. As a result, we do an initial suicide risk assessment on everyone adolescent who is admitted. This involves gathering history and conducting an interview with the resident and/or their legal guardian in order to make sure we understand where they are coming from so we can keep them safe.