The Netflix program “13 Reasons Why” has caused an increase in the discussion about mental illness issues such as self-harm and suicide. The topics explored in the show can be a damaging catalyst for self-harm behavior, but can also lead to an important discussion about mental health. Health providers have the important role of allowing patients access to proper treatment before there is no other option. Awareness PLUS is an important tool to accomplish this. If suicidal thoughts are an issue: 911, Samaritans, the national suicide lifeline and screening for mental health are an option. If you need a location samhsa and urgent care facilities can be a good start. If you want to help a loved one, help guide, and alliance of home for suicide loss survivors, are excellent options. Eating disorders can be assisted with: NEDA, Walden Behavioral Care, and the Walden Center for Education and Research. Suicide prevention websites include the CDC and SAMHSA. Please take a few minutes to explore the website and communicate your concerns.
- Anorexia nervosa sufferers have some of the highest mortality rates among those that have a psychiatric illness.
- The Walden Treatment Facility for eating disorders has noticed a significant rise in adolescent admits since March.
- The controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has been a significant factor in imbuing some with the confidence to seek help.
“The question for all of us as providers, relatives or as friends remains: how can we help our loved ones and students/clients/patients access proper mental health treatment and support prior to feeling as though they have no other option?”
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