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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

08/28/2014

Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center Offers Free Mental Health Screenings Sept. 16

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, 90 percent or more of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. In addition, over 60 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.

As September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health is raising awareness of this national crisis – helping people to recognize the symptoms and diagnose illness before a suicide attempt occurs.

To help diagnose illness, the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center will host free mental health screenings on Tuesday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1691 U.S. Highway 9 in Toms River. The screenings will take place just days after National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8 to 14.

Karen Bright, Psychiatric Screener at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus says "Suicide is 100 percent preventable with awareness. Although people may feel hopeless, it's important for them to know that help is available. I tell people it's better to lose a friendship than a friend and encourage them to reach out for help for their friends and for themselves."

Major warning signs for suicide include talking about killing or harming oneself, seeking out things that could be used in a suicide attempt, such as drugs or weapons and self-destructive behavior, as well as previous attempts. Other risk factors include substance abuse, family history of suicide attempts, giving away one's possessions and increased isolation.

Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center also offers help through Stepping Stones, an intensive outpatient program aimed at addressing unique and broad mental health issues. The program is tailored to treat a wide range of disorders, including depression, anxiety, grief and other mood disorders. For those suffering from co-occurring substance abuse disorders, the program provides addiction recovery groups and other treatment modalities.

The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers an extensive array of high-quality, clinically-focused programs. These programs include a 100-bed acute care psychiatric facility which provides inpatient and intensive outpatient programs for adults and older adults diagnosed with psychiatric and dual disorders. At the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, the multidisciplinary staff includes experienced professionals in nearly every facet of behavioral health care. This allows us to provide truly customized and highly specialized treatment tracks, as well as programs for the dually diagnosed.

Pre-registration for the free mental health screenings on Tuesday, September 16 is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To register for the free screening day or for further information about the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, please call the 24-hour Access Line at 1-800-300-0628.

About Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers an extensive array of high-quality, clinically-focused programs. These programs include a 100-bed acute care psychiatric facility which provides inpatient and intensive outpatient programs for adults and older adults diagnosed with psychiatric and dual disorders. At the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, the multidisciplinary staff includes experienced professionals in nearly every facet of behavioral health care. This allows the provision of truly customized and highly specialized treatment tracks, as well as programs for the dually diagnosed.

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