You can find the full May E-Newsletter here.
2021 Mental Health Awareness Month has officially begun, and there is little doubt that the global pandemic has caused most of us, including our families and loves ones, to experience some level of anxiety, depression and/or grief. I would like to echo NAMI's message that You are Not Alone. Let’s join together and prioritize our mental health and well-being. It is foundational.
For those who’ve experienced stressors beyond their emotional capacity, suicide is one of the most devastating outcomes. Individuals who struggle with substance use problems are especially vulnerable. Research has shown that individuals with alcohol use disorders have a 10-fold increased risk for suicide, and the 24-hour period after alcohol intoxication increases the risk of suicide 7-fold. Addiction Center faculty continue to conduct groundbreaking suicide research focused on the role of substance use problems and mental health concerns. New innovative prevention strategies are being tested for this vulnerable population.
For those who are struggling – I would like to offer you hope. This month is dedicated to you persevering. Now is the time to (or continue to) seek help, answers, and resources. We’ve compiled a number of resources to help you on your journey. For those in crisis, help is available 24/7 by calling (1-800-273-8255) or chatting with the trained counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Treat yourself kindly and know that everyone deserves to be mentally healthy, there are no exceptions.
Professor & Director, U-M Addiction Center