Recovery Supportive Language The word “stigma” is defined as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.” People with substance use disorder often deal with stigma due to misunderstandings of what causes substance use disorder; many people think it’s related to the morals or will-power of the person suffering, when in…

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Some Populations Are At A Higher Risk Certain communities and populations are at an increased risk for suicide due to various factors such as discrimination, health problems, and trauma. Suicide is preventable and being aware of the risk factors and protective factors can help us identify when a friend is struggling.  The LGBTQ+ Community: Surveys…

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Friends and family of someone in crisis are often caught off-guard, unprepared and unsure of what to do. Learning how to #BeThe1To help can save a life. Ask: Talk openly and honestly. Ask questions such as, “Are you thinking about suicide?” This shows that you’re open to talking…

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Being Well, Starting Now on September 15 Suicide is devastating to family and friends of anyone who attempts or completes the act. With more than 44,000 Americans dying each year from suicide, it has become a national mental health focus. On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Noon, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare will present a virtual program…

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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10, 2020, Tallahassee, Fla.—Today is World Suicide Prevention Day – a time to remember those impacted by suicide, and to raise awareness of resources and services available for all Floridians, especially those who may need support. The Centers for Disease Control recently conducted a survey on mental health, substance…

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Everyone has something that makes them unique. But, sometimes people’s differences make them the target of bullying, harassment, and even violence. People who identify as LBGQT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or sometimes questioning) often experience discrimination because they are thought of as different.  Chances are, there’s at least one person in your life who identifies as…

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Join Starting Point For An Online Discussion The Coronavirus pandemic has changed our world – from how we work, learn and recreate to how we interact with our family and friends. Not surprisingly, the situation can cause friction between partners and families who may be feeling cooped up and frustrated. The next Being Well Starting…

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You might not know this, but most people have experienced a panic attack at some point. Panic attacks can be very frightening. You might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. Sometimes panic attacks come out of nowhere and for no obvious reason. Other times, they can be a result of a very stressful…

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Starting Point Launches New Virtual Discussion Groups The coronavirus epidemic has brought more than homeschooling and face masks into our lives; it has created stress for many people. Added stress, feelings of frustration and even anger are affecting the mental health of some people. It can be difficult to find the right person to talk…

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