September is National Suicide Awareness Month

A guest blog post by Solutions Community Counseling staff

Why is this important? Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among US adults, and it is the 2nd leading cause of death for American teenagers. These numbers are scary, but suicide is preventable. Seeking support for mental health concerns, treating others with kindness, understanding, and respect, and advocating for mental health and suicide awareness are all things you can do to help prevent suicide.

Warning signs that a person may be suicidal include the following:

  • Threats or comments about ending one’s life
  • Mood swings
  • Aggression
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Reckless behavior
  • Increased substance use (drinking, smoking, illegal substances)
  • Putting affairs in order (saying goodbye, giving away personal items

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. You may see people on social media and throughout the community wearing purple and blue ribbons. These represent suicide awareness and prevention.  

If you are experiencing a crisis, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or the Toll-Free Crisis Line for Warren and Clinton Counties at 1-877-695-6333 (NEED). You can also text the Crisis Hotline at 741-741.

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3 Tips for Finding Help for Opiate Addiction

Recognizing the need to find help for an addiction to opiates is the first step on your road to recovery. No one chooses to become addicted, and the impact of addiction can affect more than just the person with a substance use disorder.

Opiates like heroin can take control of a person’s life, leading to financial concerns, problems with the law, strained relationships, and even death caused by overdose. Individuals addicted to opioids like heroin often feel detached, numb, and helpless, and isolate themselves from friends and family.

If you are ready to get treatment for an addiction to opiates, or if you think a loved one has a substance use disorder, there is hope for recovery. When people enter recovery, they learn new ways to deal with the problems that may have led to their addiction through treatment, counseling, and support.

If you’re ready to get help and gain control of your life again, our provider network can help! Here’s how to find a recovery option that works for you.

1. Contact Mental Health Recovery Services confidentially today

If you’re just starting to research treatment options, please contact us. Seeking help for addiction is highly personal, and we recognize that privacy is extremely important to you. Your privacy is important to us, too. We use your information to help answer your questions as quickly as possible and provide general information about types of treatment and our provider network, but we will never keep your information. If you’re wondering about addiction treatment in locations across Warren and Clinton Counties, we can help. Recovery is possible, and we want you to succeed.

2.  Learn more about our recovery partners

If you are looking for specific information about treatments, when to start treatment, or how to obtain an intake packet, contact the agencies in our provider network. These provider agencies also have policies and procedures in place to protect your confidentiality throughout the recovery process, and will only disclose personal information in extreme cases or emergencies. Many of our provider agencies also offer “same day access” for individuals with a substance use disorder, and will work with you to schedule treatment services around your schedule, whether you are looking for inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation services.

3. Paying for treatment

We understand that you or a loved one may have financial barriers to seeking treatment. That’s why we have service contracts in place with many of our providers to offer a continuum of care. This way, regardless of your ability to pay, treatment is still possible. If you have health insurance, make sure your health insurance company covers the recovery organizations that you choose. If you don’t have health insurance, you may qualify for Medicaid coverage depending on your income.

If you’re ready to start the recovery journey or want to find more information for a loved one with a substance use disorder, we can help. Losing opiates can help you gain control of your life again, and we’re here to help you succeed. Simply fill out the form to receive general information on recovery options and learn more about our provider network across Warren and Clinton Counties.

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Disasters and Mental Health: The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Watching the news from Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it's clear that the aftermath has deeply affected people living in the region. You can see the concern pretty prominently in some of the faces on the news, less so on others.

But sitting in Ohio, that hurricane has also affected many among us in the same way it's affected people who live in Harvey's path. We are stung by the devastation that nature has wrought on south Texas. For some among us, it cuts deeper. If you've ever lived through a river flooding or something else that's taken your home, your possessions, even your livelihood - well, it can rip open old wounds.

There is hope and help, though. Counseling professionals urge everyone affected - both in the hurricane's path and people far away - to support others and know when it's time to get help. The Centers for Disease Control has a great page full of resources for families, children, and even emergency responders.

Here in Warren and Clinton Counties, reach out to our network of service providers. They have great professionals who care, who will listen, and who will guide you through your feelings. Let's do all we can to help each other.

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