Intermountain Healthcare’s Robert Vadovic advises us that communication is the key when it comes to suicide prevention.
Suicide is major issue and especially in Nevada as the state ranks 9th in the country for suicide deaths. It is also the 9th leading cause of death in Nevada and the second leading cause of death for kids aged 10 to 24 nationwide. These statistics were gathered by AFSP.
Intermountain Healthcare has made suicide prevention as one of the major community health goals. This includes utilizing mental health integration. Mental health has a big effect on physical health — and vice versa. Mental Health Integration (MHI) is an approach to healthcare that focuses on both. One team — led by your doctor — cares for your mental and physical health needs. And it all happens right in your doctor’s office.
Intermountain has also worked to educate on QPR training – question, persuade, refer for suicidal risks. Most of the time, it is about putting time between the crisis and the person at risk. Such as limiting access to lethal means such as firearms and dangerous medications. In Nevada, 68% of firearm deaths were suicides. 62% of all suicides were by firearms.
Intermountain Healthcare has a new Behavioral Health Clinic that is opened in the Cheyenne location. It represents more access to behavioral health needs. But also, it represents new service that is available through mental health integration. The Cheyenne Clinic is located at 2055 E Cheyenne Ave in Las Vegas.
What can you do?
Take action if you are worried about someone, talk to your family and friends about stressors and check in on them as well. Ensure that you have secured any firearms or medications safely and away from access for someone at risk Please reach out to your family doctor, therapist if you need to mental health resources.
Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. The Trevor Project also offers help for LGBTQ+ youth.