The Silent Epidemic

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just joined a growing list of sports stars and celebrities who have recently opened up about their battles with mental health issues. Like Michael Phelps, Lady Gaga, Emma Stone and countless others before him, Johnson wants to help end the stigma that is often attached to mental health. That stigma often prevents people from getting the help they so desperately need. To that end, our guest blog today comes to us from our partners and friends at Aurora Behavioral Health System. Once you’ve had a chance to read it, let us know what you think. Working together with our partners to bring better physical and mental health to the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

Across the globe, nearly 1 million people die annually by suicide. In the United States alone there are one million suicide attempts in a given year and over 44,000 deaths by suicide, with our military being hit particularly hard. Research has shown that for every one death by suicide, over 115 people are directly affected and impacted. The estimated financial cost of suicide is over $51 billion dollars annually.

Arizona ranks 12th in the United States for number of deaths by suicide. Suicide is the 1st leading cause of death of our youth ages 10-14 and 2nd leading cause of our future generation ages 15-34. In 2017, we lost 1,276 lives to suicide. The estimated financial cost of suicide in Arizona is over 1.2 billion dollars annually.

To help draw attention to this issue, Aurora Behavioral Health System is hosting a special screening of the new inspirational documentary Suicide The Ripple Effect, which will be followed by an engaging expert panel discussion on the topic. Their goal is to foster hope, healing, and discuss solutions to the silent epidemic of suicide. If you would like to attend, you can register for the event here.

Aurora Behavioral Health System is a change agent in Arizona in addressing issues like suicide. They are providing lifesaving mental health and substance use treatment to adults and adolescents impacted by mental health or substance use challenges. In previous blogs we’ve highlighted their animal therapy program, which is just one of many holistic treatments they offer, including Yoga, Art, and Music therapies. The screening of Suicide The Ripple Effect is just one more way they are bringing the issue to the forefront so our communities can start to discuss solutions.

Share with us your thoughts about how we can draw more attention to this devastating health crisis, while helping more people find the support and lifesaving services they need to #BeHereTomorrow.

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