September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is an opportunity for all of us -- families, teachers, clinicians, nurses, clergy and religious leaders, elected officials, police officers, firefighters, policymakers, employers, etc. -- to play a vital role in awareness and prevention. As a behavioral healthcare provider right here in our hometown, our team at Arbour Hospital is dedicated to changing the national narrative about suicide in a manner that promotes hope, resiliency, connectedness and recovery. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
In America today, approximately 45-47 million, or 1 out of 5 Americans, is suffering with a mental health issue; and approximately 1 in 25 adults is currently experiencing a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities. Sadly, the rate of suicide is at a 30-year high. While more individuals are accessing care, an astounding 9 million are struggling with unmet needs. These are our friends, colleagues, neighbors and perhaps our own family members. As CEO of the Arbour Hospital, my staff and I have the privilege of serving many members of our community who are experiencing some of the most challenging times of their lives – mental illnesses that are often invisible to the casual observer in ways that physical illnesses are not. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, providing an important opportunity for reflection and collective action to address barriers, including the ongoing stigma and stereotypes preventing many individuals from getting the care they need.
Arbour Hospital donated 10 Kindle Fires to English High School on March 23rd in an effort to help improve literacy, add technology to the suite of options at their recently renovated library, and better prepare students for life after graduation. Eric Kennedy, CEO of Arbour Hospital, presented the donation to Headmaster Dr. Ligia Noriega-Murphy, who was joined by English High students and Brian Murphy, director of outpatient services at Arbour Counseling Services. Arbour Hospital is located on Robinwood Avenue in Jamaica Plain and provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents dealing with mental illnesses.