The Suicide Prevention Awareness Clinic Essay

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Suicide is still a major public health problem in the United States today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents several disturbing statistics on suicide in America. The most significant one being that suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the United States across all age groups. (D’Orio, 2004) What most people don’t understand is that people who commit suicide are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Most people often see mental illness as a character flaw. People with mental illness are judged, misunderstood, often looked at as easy targets, and failures. What people do not understand is that any form of mental illness can lead to suicide. When it comes to suicide, people who attempt or take their life are afraid to ask for help because of being judged or misunderstood, and their families are left asking “why didn’t they ask for help?”
That is where my company comes in. The Suicide Prevention Awareness Clinic for Everyone, also known as The SPACE, is a crisis clinic that plans help those that are struggling in many ways, like house calls, phone consults, group sessions, and even office visits. We also want to get their families involved to help them get through this struggle, letting them know that they are not alone in this world. We will provide a number of different services related to intervening in a crisis. Crisis centers offer services such as suicide prevention hotlines, grief and bereavement counseling, survivor support
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