Published on September 10, 2019

Senior Life Solutions of Gladwin Raises Awareness during National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an average of 129 deaths by suicide occur per day and an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts are made per year. To help reduce these numbers, the Senior Life Solutions team at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin is helping to raise awareness in September during National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.

“Talk of suicide should never be dismissed,” said Kim Garrow, program director, Senior Life Solutions. “With our program for seniors, it is the goal of our team to increase awareness within our community related to suicide awareness and connect seniors and family members with the appropriate resources while renewing hope.”

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin’s Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults suffering from symptoms of anxiety and depression often related to aging. The Senior Life Solutions program staff is trained in the use of standardized, evidence-based tools for screening patients at risk of suicide. In addition, the staff assists the patient to create a plan to prevent future suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts.

Following an individual assessment, patients meet up to three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting. The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social workers, a registered nurse, and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community.

Patients may benefit from the Senior Life Solutions program if they recently experienced a traumatic event, are grieving the loss of a loved one, have experienced changes in sleep, appetite, or mood, or have lost interest in previously enjoyed activities. Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s physician, family member, self-referral, or another healthcare professional.

Those interested in more information about the Senior Life Solutions program may call 989-246-6332.

If you think someone is in danger of committing suicide, don’t leave them alone; call 911 immediately. And if you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).