Suicide attempts and self injury occur far more frequently than completed suicide.  Each year, 105 people in the US successfully commit suicide every day. In addition to those who commit suicide each year, many more have thought about, planned, or attempted suicide or engaged in self injury. These individuals are often not at the forefront of our minds when we hear the word suicide, but ignoring people who engage in suicide attempts and self injury, also known as self injurious behaviors, does not paint a complete picture of the gravity of the situation.

During 2008-2009 for those over 18 years of age in the US, 3.7%, or 8.3 million adults, reported having had thoughts of suicide in the previous year. Of those individuals, 1.0%, or 2.2 million adults, had gone so far as to create a suicide plan.

The number of actual suicide attempts during the same time period was 0.5%, or 1 million adults, over the previous year. For every 25 suicide attempts, one results in death to suicide.  Suicide attempts frequently result in self injury as a consequence of a failed suicide attempt.  For those aged 15-24, a completed suicide occurred for every 100-200 suicide attempts. Depression and thoughts of suicide know no age boundaries and no one is excluded from its effects. The rates of suicide attempts and self injury are clearly related and there are significantly more people injured as a result of their suicide attempts compared to those who actually commit suicide. Self injury as a result of a suicide attempt is a serious problem and an indication of severe distress.

In addition, the costs of suicide attempts and self injury resulted in the treatment of 487,700 people in 2011 at emergency rooms across the US. This has an estimated financial cost of $6.5 billion in work loss and medical costs due to suicide attempts and self inflicted injuries.

Many forms of treatment and therapy are available to those suffering from depression or contemplating suicide but many do not feel able to reach out to family, friends, or mental health professionals when they need it most. This is due, in part, to the stigma attached to both mental health disorders and their treatment. While significant progress has been made in the raising of awareness for mental health e are aware that there is help and feel that they can safely ask for it will they speak out and ask for it. As so many people are affected by thoughts of suicide, engage in suicide attempts and self injury, remembering that someone we know may be one of those suffering in silence is an important first step in finding a solution. Suggest the services of a mental health professional and support those you know suffering from suicidal thoughts or behaviors in their decision to seek assistance should the need arise.

Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders.  In Tennessee, about 3.7% of all adults will have serious thoughts of suicide.  Many of these people in Memphis, TN who engage in suicide attempts and self injury will not receive treatment.  In fact, less half of all individuals with any mental illness in Tennessee will receive mental health treatment. Our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of individuals who are depressed and experiencing suicidal thoughts and self injury.  Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient program.  It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or has engaged in a suicide attempts and self injury, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression can be highly successful and people who have completed our program have resulted in our treatment program receiving very highly consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.