California In-Home Mental Help
An ongoing series of informational entries
An ongoing series of informational entries
Our Blog Entry
Our Blog Entry
December 5th, 2018
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
If you have ever lost a friend or a relative through suicide, you definitely know the toll it can take on you. It is very, very difficult to recover from it. Some of us, never will.
Human beings even among those with the highest level of resilience have limited immune to anxiety, depression, stress, despair and other mental health issues that are risk factors for suicide. Studies have established that 90% of people who commit suicide have a mental illness mainly linked to depression, bipolar disorder or psychosis or drug abuse. Additionally, suicide has been found to have close relations with feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.
People experiencing mental health issues frequently fail to share and make their struggles known to their support system because of fear of rejection, ridicule and discrimination. The social stigma and self-stigmatization impedes mental health patients from reaching out and getting support at the time they need it the most. It is common that people experiencing mental illnesses do not talk openly about their condition without shame or self-consciousness. Mental health conditions such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anorexia nervosa affects significantly the quality of the patient’s life thus putting them at an increased risk of self-harm. The incidents of unstable emotions, disturbed thinking patterns, unstable relationships with other people and impulsive behaviors increases the risk of suicide among the mental health patients.
Understanding the suicide risk factors plays a vital role in helping you to establish situations when you can help an individual with suicidal ideation. A wide range of factors including history of suicide attempts, history of self-harm, history of abuse or trauma, drug abuse and alcohol use, social isolation, poverty, financial stressors, loss of loved one, family separation, violence, chronic medical conditions and pain can increase the risk of suicide.
Much of the suicide cases are associated with depressive disorders, bipolar disorder and psychosis. It has been established that every individual who has experienced a traumatic event at one point in their life has experienced suicidal thoughts. Predicting if someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts is one of the main strategies for preventing suicide. It is important to look for signs and symptoms such as changes in behavior and routines, loss of interest in socializing, behaving impulsively, isolating, poor grooming, obsession with talks about suicide and death, feeling of hopelessness and worthlessness and felling withdrawn. These signs should help you tell that an individual is at risk of taking his own life. Showing love, empathy and support will help the individual to stop focusing on negative thoughts and urges and can stop the person from acting on them. Avoiding drug abuse and alcohol use is also helpful since most of drug abuse makes feelings of suicide stronger. Additionally, drug use also makes a person to behave impulsively thus increasing the risk of an individual to act on sudden urges.
Being in a place that is safe and void of objects that can be used to cause harm on oneself is vital in preventing suicide. Additionally, when you provide timely help and emotional support to a person who is experiencing depression, low mood and sadness, you can reduce the risk of that person committing suicide. Moreover, connecting the person with a mental health issues to professional will help the person receive specialized risk assessment and proper level of care. Developing suicide prevention programs in schools and community is a essential in preventing suicide incidents.
There is close relationship between mental health and suicide. Maintaining stable mental health is essential in preventing suicidal thoughts and incidents in the community. Adequate support is needed for individuals experiencing any mental health issues in a bid to stabilize their emotional and physical well-being. So let’s start saving lives together. One life lost is one too many.
Our Blog Entry
January 5th, 2019
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January 5th, 2019
Mental-health Coping Strategies and why you should choose our organization
Mental health is unarguably a critical element of human health that precedes the overall well-being of an individual and which extends to social and economic issues. Mental health entails pertinent elements that include but not limited to one`s feelings that change or trigger significant levels of chemical changes in the brain. Handling mental health issues requires the application of coping strategies to this effect. We have highlighted a number of coping strategies to deal with mental illness
Building relationships and social support
A person having mental health problems may be withdrawn and spends time in solitude and all by themselves. The withdrawal from peers, family and the general public works in driving them deeper into the mental problem facing them. Developing social relationships where one keeps close to the people they prefer can help them make informed and healthy choices. For instance, one may be battling sadness or depression which would be resolved successfully if they received encouragement and advice from persons with whom they connect.
While a person experiencing mental health problems will find the intervention of their family and friends helpful, they can take upon themselves to restore their mental normalcy through exercise and relaxation techniques. Exercises are helpful in decreasing stress caused by emotional triggers. Endorphin, otherwise referred to as natural painkillers produced during exercising has an analgesic effect that not only reduces pain but suppresses stress. Relaxation techniques also involve meditation. Several studies have continually suggested that massage aids in the reduction of heart rates, lowering of blood pressure, increase of blood circulation in the body and the increase in the range of motion. Additionally, the use of muscle relaxation has been proven to work a great detail of handling mental health issues. In muscle relaxation, which in most cases can be achieved through massage, there is a reduction in stress, anxiety, insomnia and a several chronic pain. In fact, physicians use muscle tension and relaxation in handling cancer pain, high blood pressure and digestive issues.
People who are spiritually inclined to a given faith are more likely to die of old age relative to their non-religious counterparts. Being religious has been found to reduce depression and anxiety as well as medically related ailments such as schizophrenia.
Although depression is typically thought of as emotionally and biochemically rooted condition, it is in fact as well caused by poor nutrition. One can reduce depression by taking meals rich in vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.
Stories and Humor
Humor and stories can be used as way of offering therapeutic help to patients with mental issues in relieving stress and improve the quality of their lives. Stand-up comedy and mythological stories in this case by large provide a platform where one can forget their emotional trauma as they focus on the content of the style in use, which subsequently aid in the healing process.
Why California In-Home Mental Help
California In-Home Mental Help provides assessment, psychiatric and medication support as well as customized, individualized therapy with the required and expected degree of privacy and confidentiality. Additionally, we offer coordination of mental health treatment with outpatient medical providers which together with the teaching services ensures that patients are fully attended to for healing. Our 24/7 telephone services make us accessible in Roseville, California and its environs.
Our professional team
We have clinicians who have extensive training in handling mental issues of adolescents and adults. With over 20 years of field experience in acute inpatient, outpatient and psychiatric emergency, our Crisis Prevention Institute-certified clinicians are dedicated to the goal of improving health outcomes and the overall quality of life.
Our First Blog Entry
Our First Blog Entry
October 1st, 2018
Prevalence of Mental Illnesses in the USA and why our Organization is Stepping up to help
Mental related illnesses are among the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. and cost the government more $193 billion every year. It is estimated that 1 in every 5 adult Americans suffers from a mental disorder every year. That translates to an estimated 48.5 million Americans or 18.5% of the American population Other than inflicting mental torment, mental illness is among four of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. More than 4% of the U.S. adult population experience serious mental disorders that aggravate to disabilities. It is also estimated that 1 in every 5 youth in the 13-18 years age bracket experience severe mental disorder at a certain point in their lives. It is estimated that more than 90% of people who commit suicide in the U.S have been diagnosed with mental health illness mainly depressive or substance abuse disorder.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders (DSM-V) identifies the main mental disorders to include major depressions, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Data from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that about 16.1 million (6.7%) of American adults depressive episodes every year. Depressive disorders have been found to appear earlier in life among younger people than it was in past decades. Most of the suicide attempts are related with depression disorders. In 2015 the National Institute of Mental health established that suicide was the leading cause of death among Americans between 15 and 25 years of age. About 1.1% of the American adults have schizophrenia while 33.1 % of the adults suffer from anxiety disorders. An estimated 9% of the 13-18 year old population suffers from ADHD, while 1 in every 68 children below eight years suffers from autism. Alzheimer’s disease is the main cause of dementia for most of the adult population and it is estimated that more than 4 million Americans suffers from dementia. More than 10 million adults experiencing a substance abuse mental disorder experience co-occurring mental illnesses.
Major Causes of Mental Illnesses
Disparities in mental health exist among many groups in the USA whereby, some segments of the population experience unequal access to circumstances that promote quality mental health. Groups experiencing greater social and economic obstacles have been found to bear the biggest burden of mental illnesses. Any Mental Illness (AMI) estimates that 26% of homeless adults experience severe mental illnesses while 46% of them have either severe mental disorder or substance abuse mental disorder. Incarceration has also been found to have profound mental consequences on Americans. About 20% state prisoners and 21% of local prisoners have been found to have a mental health condition. Additionally, over 70% of the prisoners in the juvenile justice system experience more than one mental health problem. Lack of adequate treatment is also a serious problem associated with increased prevalence of mental illnesses. It is estimated that it is only 41% of adult Americans with mental health problems that receive mental health services every year. Similarly, it is only 50% of the children aged 8-15 years with mental health problem who receives treatment.
Why There is Need for Action
It is important to take adequate action to contain prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S. Mental health illnesses cost the government more than $193.2 billion per year in lost income. Additionally, the illnesses increase the risk of having chronic medical conditions that lead to disabilities and death. Individuals with mental illnesses die on average of 25 years earlier than others. About 37% of students aged between 14- 18 years with mental illnesses drop out of the high school thus affecting their future. More than 90% of the suicide cases in America are linked to mental health illnesses.
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