LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is now one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It can be a difficult topic to talk about, but doing so saves lives.
Welcome to the fabulous Las Vegas purple sign this month to bring awareness and encourage conversation. In Summerlin, a new treatment center that offers new treatment procedures to combat suicidal thoughts has also opened.
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-34 in Nevada…we’re seeing more people actually feel that suicide is their only option and act on it,” said Tricia Pease. , COO for Serenity Mental Health Centers. The CDC estimates that 46,000 people will commit suicide in 2020.
“With our current culture of social media and people working from home, it can be easy to forget to take care of their mental health with people they care about and hanging out with,” Pease explains.
Serenity Mental Health has opened a new clinic specializing in outpatient treatment in Summerlin. There is treatment for depression and anxiety, medications and talk therapy, but there are also new options in the field of mental health. Serenity offers two new treatments for those who have not been successful with traditional treatments.
“Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an enhancement to the MRI magnet that allows our staff to interact with neural pathways in the brain and work on the processes of those neural pathways and make them work more precisely,” Pease said.
They also provide ketogenic infusions.
“Ketamine is very fast-acting and eliminates suicidal thoughts within hours. We’ve seen patients come in and commit suicide, and they’re able to get ketamine injections and within hours they’re going home and getting a treatment plan to help them get on with their lives and stay calm.”
If you think someone you know is suicidal, let them know that help is available.
“Hope is a leading indicator of how people are doing with their mental health … Knowing that people have hope for the future, talking about plans for the next week or next month is a great way to start the conversation,” argues Pease.
Also look for people who struggle with eating, too little or too much, struggle with sleep, or withdraw from people they care about.
This summer, a national suicide prevention hotline was launched. That number: 988. It’s like 911 but for mental health emergencies. It can be called by anyone at any time.
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