Upstate mental health experts share suicide prevention resources


Local mental health experts worry Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain taking their lives may trigger others to do the same. 

The death of the prominent figures could cause people to feel helpless about their own problems.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports suicide happens often times without warning. C.D.C. studies show half of all suicide victims have no previous mental health problems. 

Click here to read more from the CDC.

There are many avenues for treatment, but experts say getting the right help begins with simply asking someone if they are having suicidal thoughts. 

“Sometimes there’s no signs and honestly those are the ones that usually follow through,” said Healing Solutions, LLC. Mental Health Therapist Courtney Watford. 

Click here to learn more about Healing Solutions, LLC.

A suicide study, conducted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, revealed the decision to attempt suicide is usually done on impulse. 

“It’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” Watford told 7News. 

Watford says it’s the people who seem to have it all together, like Spade and Bourdain, that often succumb to their self-destructive actions. 

“[People think] wow they have to deal with that and we didn’t even know it.” Watford said. “So if they are dealing with that and I’m already kind of in that place, then things must really be hard.” 

Rocky relationships, financial struggles and even problems at work can be factors that would cause someone to think about taking their life. However, experts want to be clear that’s it’s usually more than one factor. 

“Suicide is really and unfortunate attempt to stop people’s pain,” said Emerge Family Therapy Executive Director P.J. McEnroe. 

Click here to learn more about Emerge Family Therapy.

Mental Health experts say the reality is the pain doesn’t go away, it’s only transferred to the families the victims leave behind. 

Suicide can be prevent through intervention and treatment and that’s where McEnroe and his team at Emerge Family Therapy come in. They are part of a task force that work with patients, in the upstate, struggling with mental health problems. 

“Because of this Behavioral Health Task Force, looking at the greater good of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties, we are able to focus in and pull resources to understand what one agency is doing versus the other agency,” he said. “And [we can] make sure we are making really good referrals across that network.” 

Click here to read the Behavioral Health Resource Guide. 

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts you can get free and confidential support 24/. by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. 

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