Brookhaven Retreat Will Honor the Loss of Loved Ones on International Survivors of Suicide Day Saturday, Nov. 21

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Brookhaven Retreat ® LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, will honor the loss of loved ones with a Remembrance Walk on-site on International Survivors of Suicide Day Nov. 21.

Brookhaven Retreat ® LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, will honor lost loved ones on International Survivors of Suicide Day Nov. 21 with a Remembrance Walk on their beautifully manicured grounds in Seymour, TN.

After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death, says the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Clients, some of whom have dealt with the issue either directly or indirectly, will be made aware that every 13 minutes there is one death by suicide in the United States. According to the American Association of Suicidology, 41,149 people in the U.S. committed suicide in 2013. In fact, worldwide, 800,000 people commit suicide every year, 90 percent of whom have a diagnosable mental illness.

Brookhaven Retreat has incorporated Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a treatment specifically designed for people with self-harm behaviors, such as self-cutting, suicide thoughts, urges toward suicide and suicide attempts. The use of DBT has cut the number of suicides in half and decreased hospital stays by 80 percent.

Many clients with these behaviors meet criteria for borderline personality (BPD) and may also struggle with depression, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders, or drug and/or alcohol addiction.

Founder Jacqueline Dawes, says, “Many women come to Brookhaven Retreat because they have emotional issues that have put them at risk for suicide. Others come to us because they have lost a loved one to suicide and need help coping with the loss. For those at risk of committing suicide themselves, we know that early detection saves lives. We also know that DBT saves lives. If we pay attention to warning signs, we can be more effective in saving a life. We have helped many, many women restore their physical and emotional strength in order to continue living and functioning at a much higher level than before. Our ultimate goal is to help them rebuild from the ground floor and create a life they believe is worth living.”

To aid in early detection, Brookhaven Retreat recognizes the following list of warning signs as cited by the American Association of Suicidology:

1.    Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use
2.    No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
3.    Anxiety, agitation, insomnia or sleeping too much
4.    Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
5.    Hopelessness
6.    Withdrawal from friends, family and society
7.    Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
8.    Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
9.    Dramatic mood changes

If you know someone displaying these symptoms, Brookhaven Retreat suggests seeking help immediately. Early detection improves the chances of survival and recovery. A primary care physician or mental health provider who specializes in suicide prevention can provide appropriate guidelines. Help lines or hotlines are available to provide generalized referral services for finding service providers in your area. Contact information for those organizations can be found online or in a local phone directory.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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