UnityPlace receives $4 million grant to expand behavioral health services during National Suicide Prevention Week

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PEORIA (WEEK) – The world health organization reported that more than 700 thousand people lost their lives to suicide in past years 

For national suicide prevention week, and the goal was to end suicides completely. 

“As far as suicide prevention week goes, the focus is on prevention,” Amy Roberts, UnityPoint qualified behavioral health specialist said. “There are currently ways that we can look out for and prevent people from suicide attempts and currently from complete lying suicides.”

Suicides are preventable.

Conversations about mental health could be uncomfortable for some but it could be the first step.

“There’s a common myth that talking about suicide causes people to think more about and then attempt it,” Roberts said. “That is absolutely false. Once a person is able to talk about the thoughts that they’re having that enables other people to internecine to get the person that they might need.

Preventing suicide would require proper intervention, like mental health care. UnityPoint Health UnityPlace received a grant that could help the community receive that care.

“This grant offers us the opportunity to expand behavioral health services, to increase access to care and to really help us to continue to invest in the behavioral health services within our community,” Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Tricia Larson said.

The four-million-dollar Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic grant was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant would improve community access to care for mental illness.

“Mental health and suicide are very connected. Often times suicide is a result of significant symptoms of depression. It can also as I mentioned be linked to substance use disorder as well,” Larson said.

If you or someone you know needs help with mental health or addiction services you can call the UnityPlace Access Center at 888-311-0321 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline for help.

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