CAMFT OBSERVES NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH: THERAPY CAN SAVE LIVES
SAN DIEGO, CA. (September 8, 2016) –The California Association of Marriage
and Family Therapists (CAMFT) announced its support of September as National
Suicide Prevention Month. With deaths by suicide on the rise over the past
fifteen years,1 it is now one of the 10 leading causes of death in the nation
resulting in nearly 43,000 people a year taking their own lives.2
“Suicide is devastating for families who lose a loved one and are left
trying to make sense of what happened and wondering if there was something
they could have done to prevent it. Suicide touches the whole community and
leaves people deeply shaken. Suicide Prevention Month is a time we focus special
attention on educating everyone about the warning signs of suicide and providing
information about resources for those at risk and their families. Early treatment
of depression and other mental health conditions are key to preventing suicide,” said
Patricia Ravitz, LMFT and President of CAMFT. “As experts in the treatment
of depression, relationship issues, addiction, trauma, and anxiety, CAMFT reminds
Californians that Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists can be a vital part
of a treatment plan to help those struggling with thoughts of suicide.”
Suicide is often related to serious depression, substance use disorders, and
can surface with difficulties in personal relationships, the loss of a job,
bullying or in abusive situations. According to the National Alliance on Mental
Illness (NAMI), suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages
10–24, and the second leading cause of death for people ages 15–24.
Many of our nation's veterans and military service members are also susceptible
to suicide due to the stressors and trauma of war and combat. An estimated
18-22 veterans die by suicide each day.3
In California, the suicide rate has been consistently lower than the national
average; however, at 10.9 per 100,000 individuals,4 the data points to a critical
need for families and communities to better recognize psychological distress
and to seek mental health care treatment when loved ones need help.
The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis, and
treatment of depression and other mental health conditions.5 Marriage and Family
Therapists are mental health experts licensed and trained to treat a variety
of mental health concerns. Marriage and Family Therapists are located in communities
throughout California and can be accessed by visiting www.counselingcalifornia.com.
Individuals can click on “Find a Therapist” and indicate preferences
for location, language, and mental health specialization.
CounselingCalifornia.com is California's lifeline to finding a Marriage and
Family Therapist who can help manage life's challenges. At its heart, CounselingCalifornia.com
contains a comprehensive searchable directory of thousands of Marriage and
Family Therapists. For more information on mental health issues and access
an online directory of therapists, visit CounselingCalifornia.com.
About California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT):
CAMFT is an independent professional organization of over 32,000 members
representing Marriage and Family Therapists. It is dedicated to advancing
maintaining high standards of professional ethics, upholding the qualifications
for the profession and expanding awareness of the mental health treatment
provided by Marriage and Family Therapists for individuals, couples and families.
more information, contact CAMFT at www.camft.org.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for
Health Statistics. Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999–2014.
Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db241.htm2 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Suicide Statistics. Retrieved
3“Mental Health by the Numbers,” National Alliance on
Retrieved from https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers
4American Association of Suicidology. U.S.A. Suicide: 2014 Official Final Data.
Retrieved from http://www.suicidology.org/Portals/14/docs/Resources/FactSheets/2014/2014datapgsv1b.pdf
5 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Retrieved from http://theovernight.donordrive.com/?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1034