Mental Health Awareness Month!
We are excited to celebrate May as Mental Health Awareness month. According to the CDC, in GA suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals ages 24-35, 3rd leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-14 and 15-24, 4th leading cause of death for individuals ages 35-44 and 45-54, and 10th leading cause of death for individuals ages 55-64. The suicide death rate in 2015 was 1,274, that is 1,274 too many! In 2014, 3,356 persons were hospitalized and 6,468 persons visited hospital emergency rooms for suicidal behaviors.
Ridgeview Institute's 2 locations provide a safe place for patients experiencing thoughts of suicide. We have clinicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free mental health assessments and help patients get the help they need when they need it. Not only is Ridgeview Institute a place for those experiencing a mental health crisis but we also serve the community with specialized programs, developed specifically for our community. The Ridgeview Institute System serves over 200 patients a month and serves as resource to other hospitals, psychiatrists, mental health professionals and many others who are in need of a hospital to care for their patients who often have to wait in emergency rooms or can find no option for inpatient care.