Resource alert:

With suicide and youth mental health at the forefront, I wanted to bring you a resource that is providing us parents with good information on substance abuse as well as addiction and mental health.

Excerpt from an informative article from DrugRehab.com 

“A lot of times, suicide is not on the radar of drug and alcohol treatment providers or families because, for understandable reasons, they’re so focused on safety around substance use,” Mark Ilgen, a psychologist at the University of Michigan, told DrugRehab.com. “Sometimes suicide risk goes unnoticed and doesn’t get the attention it needs.” -Mark Ilgen, director of the University of Michigan’s Addiction Treatment Services

Ilgen is the director of the University of Michigan’s Addiction Treatment Services, and he’s an investigator for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. He studies ways to improve treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders and the association between substance use disorders and suicide risk.

Despite their commonalities, depression isn’t the same as having suicidal thoughts, Ilgen said. However, depression is the leading risk factor for suicidal thoughts.Drugrehab.com

“There’s a complicated relationship between drug and alcohol use, mood, and suicidal thinking and behaviors,” Ilgen said. “What we know is that if someone has a drug or alcohol problem, they’re much more likely to have suicidal thoughts, to make a non-fatal suicide attempt and to die by suicide.”

To read the full story and receive more information and tools click HERE

 

IF YOU’RE CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE, PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE AT 1-800-273-8255.

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