National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Did you know that suicide accounts for at least 5,000 deaths each year in the United States among individuals with schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness? There are strong suggestions in the research literature that individuals who are not receiving adequate treatment for their psychiatric illness are at highest risk for suicide. The Treatment Advocacy Center is pleased to highlight an important service in suicide prevention from an amazing group, the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (KBHC), program manager of the National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).
Remember, the ICA is here to help! We are here to provide you all of the resources you need to cope with the urgency, frequency, and bladder pain of IC. Donate to the ICA to receive the ICA Update, an award-winning magazine that focuses on current IC research, treatment, and lifestyle issues. Sign up for the ICA eNews and follow the ICA on Twitter, YouTube, and iTunes to stay up-to-date on IC news and events. Have an IC-related question? Ask us!
We also offer ways to connect with others who have IC. Read patients’ stories on the ICA’s Voices of Hope Blog. Connect with other IC patients on the ICA’s Facebook page. Find a support group in your area.
Because IC is as concerning for those that love and care for the ones suffering as it is for those experiencing the condition, the ICA offers information on caregiver support.
Find ways to distract yourself from pain so you enjoy life more.
- Learn deep breathing or meditation to help you relax. …
- Reduce stress in your life. …
- Boost chronic pain relief with the natural endorphins from exercise. …
- Cut back on alcohol, which can worsen sleep problems. …
- Join a support group. …
- Don’t smoke.
Everyone who lives with chronic pain—or cares about someone who does—is different. But at the same time we all have common interests. We are a kind of community and deserve to have our voices heard.
The materials and information here can help you to reach out to others to help them better understand the social, economic, and personal issues related to pain. Sometimes, the best way to help yourself is to help someone else.
Pain Awareness Toolkits provide information for working collaboratively with healthcare professionals, consumer and professional organizations, journalists, community leaders, and elected officials to ensure that those who suffer from pain have access to appropriate and effective pain therapies.