DBT OC Blog
In my previous post we began to examine possible causes of our current mass shooting “trend” (as one of my students referred to it), and examined problem solving through the lens of the DBT skill “Radical Acceptance.” In this post let’s continue to look at other ideas we can implement to possibly prevent future mass shootings and to perhaps turn the tide on our nation’s mental health crisis. Here is a recap of Part 1 if you missed it.
During a recent check-in and de-briefing with my college students about the most recent violence in Thousand Oaks, one Master’s level student glibly remarked, “It’s just going to happen again,” he said. “I’m not even surprised by it anymore, it’s sad to say but I think it’s just trending.” While I didn’t like his words, I knew he was right...in all the wrong, worst ways. As a clinician and professor, I had to accept that the generation behind me has, quite literally, grown up thinking massacres are a part of life. While everything in me fights this offensive and terrible reality, it is true. From GMAC (1990) to Columbine (1999) to Borderline Bar (2018), there have been 98 mass shootings where three or more people have been murdered, hundreds injured and thousands traumatized during the life-span of this Millennial generation. They have grown up on gore.And while I hate this fact with every fiber of my being, it is true. As a DBT therapist, there are certain things we can do to address this terrible state of affairs as a country and as individuals.
With it being Suicide Prevention Month, I believe depression is an important topic to discuss. The CDC states suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (2016) 9th through 12th graders report that 17% seriously considered suicide, 13.6% made a plan for how to commit suicide, 8% attempted suicide and 2.7% made suicide attempts requiring medical attention. Sometimes an adolescent’s struggle with depression can be underestimated because of their age. Adolescence is a time when changing hormones can cause mood swings and it is often difficult to tell what is normal adolescent behavior and when a teen is clinically depressed.Your Teen May Be Depressed if They:
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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. With World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. It’s a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. So how can you get involved?