Medical Conditions

January 21, 2022

Chronic Illness, A Factor in Suicide Risk

By Meghan Bellamy   In recent years CDC Statistics have reflected that eight of the top ten causes of death in the US were chronic illnesses, with the tenth being suicide. In 2020, that changed with the insertion of Covid pandemic deaths ranking third, yet chronic disease and suicide remain prominent causes of death in […]

January 11, 2022

The Cost of a Life…and a Need for More Suicide Prevention Research

As so many of us know all too well, the costs of suicide are immeasurable, extending beyond the unfathomable loss of an individual to considerable lifelong impacts on family, friends, coworkers, communities, and society. As this recent report on the Economic Cost of Injury from the CDC highlights, losses associated with suicide are also economic, costly, […]

September 09, 2020

A Case Study in the Importance of Integrative Care to Mental and Physical Health and Wellbeing

By Susan Parmelee, LCSW As social workers we have a guiding tenet: “Start where the client is.”  In practical terms, this means that if my client is not housed, does not have access to food, or is physically ailing, there is no chance of working on higher level needs through mental health therapy. Addressing the […]

June 25, 2020

Medications May Contribute to Suicide Risk

by Meghan Bellamy  “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”  – Sir William Osler It’s already the final week of June! Summer crept up on us due to safer-at-home orders across the globe, and your body might be feeling it. From fresh-cut grass to blooming trees […]

April 29, 2020

Considering the Biology of Suicide in Autism

By Liz Bell April is Autism Awareness Month (AAM), a time to showcase the one in 54 Americans living with this neurobiological condition that affects behavior and social communication to widely varying degrees. While AAM is an opportunity to celebrate acceptance and the unique gifts and contributions of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), it […]