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May is Mental Health Month

Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health illnesses are directly linked to suicide. One in four Americans struggles with mental health. Tragically, more people die from suicide in the United States than traffic accidents or homicides.  This counts as 123 suicides per day, with white males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016. Furthermore, 22 veterans commit suicide per day.

Huge strides in awareness and reducing stigma have been made since 1949 however. While there is no single cause to suicide, it is often a tragic outcome for those suffering from a mental health condition.

According to a recent Harris Poll, 89 percent of people believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. Despite this, many people don’t know how to have a conversation about it and the stigma lingers.

National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time when we work together to break through that stigma. We express compassion for those who struggle with mental health issues, and we draw attention to the proven methods that can help change their lives for the better.

Below are a few organizations that dedicate time and resources to this important issue. Each link contains additional resources and tools to better understand those with mental health issues and how to communicate and help them.

At Behavioral Safety Products, we understand the need for facilities to find safety products that are convenient, proven, and safe for patients. Behavioral Safety Products uses design processes which specifically create behavioral environments that are soothing to the patient and allow them to feel “at home” while in a state of treatment and recovery.

Best Regards,

David DeLoache
Behavioral Safety Products


Our patented ligature resistant metering faucet is based off the ligature resistant profile of our popular sensor faucet, but with the metering faucet giving the patient the option of hot or cold water. The duration of flow can be adjusted to change the run time depending on each environmental condition. With no batteries or electronics, maintenance on this unit has been drastically reduced. The hot and cold buttons are color coded and incorporate braille. The all metal construction is designed for maximum strength and protection from abuse, and it comes in a polished chrome finish.

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Patent # US D635,386 S


BSP has designed and developed this unit to retrofit existing lavatories, or it can be specified for new design. This product is certified by IAPMO to meet UPC, ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125, AB 1953 California & National low-lead requirements.



The Joint Commission defines sentinel events as occurrences to patients in medical facilities “…involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof.”