We are proud to be community sponsors of the 2014 Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit in Denver, CO!! The counselors affiliated with Lakeside will be attending this summit to increase our knowledge and expertise when it comes to assessing for suicide risk, navigating the waters of dealing with a sudden and traumatic loss, and topical issues such as how adverse childhood experiences correlate with suicide risk, as well as national bullying perspectives. Mental Health Professionals are required to complete several hours of continuing education hours every year in order to maintain our licensure, and this is just one of the ways we do that. Here is a link to the summit:
Great read from forbes.com. A former marriage and family therapist writes about how our good intentions as parents can sometimes hinder our children’s growth, and strategies to counter these behaviors.
By Ann Murrin, LPC
As the seasons change, we look forward to more hours of sunlight. We look forward to driving home from work while there is still light, sending the kids outside to play for just a little longer, time for evening walks, and sipping beverages on the front patio. Unfortunately more sunlight brings the hardest time of year for some people. It has been proven year in and year out that suicide rates rise in the spring, with the peak in April and May. Colorado is no exception. In 2012 more Coloradoans died by suicide then ever before. In Larimer County alone 69 people died from suicide in 2012, and in Weld County suicides nearly doubled from 14 in 2012 to 24 in 2013.
There are things we can do, and most people contemplating suicide do show signs. These signs include:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill ones self.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to love.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings, or
- Seeking out ways to oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
Additional signs may include preoccupation with death, suddenly happier, calmer, loss of interest in things one cares about, visiting or calling people to say goodbye, making arrangements; getting one’s affairs in order, or giving things away, such as prized possessions.
Suicide does not just effect a sector of the population, but is prevalent in all age groups from pre-teens to seniors, and both genders, with males completing the most suicides.
If someone you know is exhibiting these signs try to start a dialogue, asking specific questions about the persons thoughts about committing suicide, do not keep a suicide plan a secret, and try to avoid shaming the person into changing their mind. There are many resources available, including a national suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-TALK, Help the person make contact with a local counselor. For men who feel uncomfortable talking about their feelings they can visit ManTherapy.org, this services provides a safe place for men to understand what they are going through using humor and “man speak”. Most importantly if you feel the person in your life is unsafe, visit your local emergency room for immediate evaluation and help.
(Resources: Colorado Department of Health & Environment, Larimer.org, CDC.gov, SAVE, and greeleytribune.com)
Ann Murrin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is an independent practitioner at Lakeside Counseling of Loveland. She specializes in adolescents, couples, and families, including mood-disorders, depression & anxiety.
A great article in the New York Times about when it might be time to seek therapy for your child, written from the point of view of parents who have “been there”. One quote to highlight:
“I wish several things: one that we had tried harder to find counselors whom they would have been willing to work with but I also wish that we had gotten counseling ourselves that would have helped us deal better with the issues our children were facing.”
You will find that at Lakeside Counseling of Loveland , we will work with you, the parent, to face your child(ren)’s issues together.
“No, love isn’t an emotion or even a noun. It’s a verb. Better defined as giving. As putting someone else’s needs above your own.” How are you giving to your marriage this week? Make a point to notice your spouse’s needs and give selflessly this week. Do this repetitively and watch what happens in your marriage.
Hello! It has been just over one year that we at Lakeside Counseling of Loveland have been in practice. It has been a wonderful, if not challenging experience and one that we have thoroughly enjoyed. It has been our joy to serve our community in this manner; working to improve the lives of others and to see people leave our offices in a healthier state than when they arrived is our passion.
One area we have not taken advantage of that we would like to improve upon in order to better connect with our community is our use of social media. To that end, we will be using the blog to post more articles written by us, the therapists of Lakeside, links to articles we find interesting, as well as humorous anecdotes to keep things light. We have also put together our very first newsletter for our current and former clients, as well as referral sources. If you’d like one, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly send you an electronic copy!
In the meantime, please ‘like’ us on Facebook and Twitter.
We look forward to connecting with you in this way and welcome your feedback via the comments.
Divorce can be difficult. Sometimes it’s the only decision left that a couple can agree on. When children are involved, it can get even more complicated. This is a great read from the Huffington Post about how divorce can affect children, and may help you decide whether to seek therapy for your child.