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Editorial: The Faces of Suicide

For as much as we talk about suicide – for as much as we talk about talking about suicide – nothing seems as effective in generating discussion of this crisis as seeing the human face of suicide. And thus the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain give us another opportunity to try to understand the taking of one’s life and how we might be able to prevent it.

Dane County actually has a number of powerful voices talking about suicide led by Safe Communities, Journey, Lilada Gee and others. Yet given the statistics, and the number of us who have been touched by suicide and still struggle to acknowledge its prevalence it’s clear we’re not doing enough.

For all the contributing factors like addiction and mental illness, suicide is first and foremost a tragedy – a preventable tragedy. So if the loss of popular culture figures like Spade and Bourdain cause us to look for the why and what if, let’s do it to prevent one striking even closer to our hearts.

Original Article: https://www.channel3000.com/editorial-faces-of-suicide/
By: Neil Heinen

Editorial Credit: Donald Bowers Photography / Shutterstock.com

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Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.