Women's Recovery Center helps women leave suicidal thoughts to find healthy life

Recovery center attacks suicide problems in women

CLEVELAND - There was spring in her step as Katie Kehoe walked through the door of the place which helped her find a healthy life. She beamed with enthusiasm, which is a far cry from what she was feeling many months ago when she would awaken from a period of sleep and regret that she was alive.

The door, through which Kehoe walked, is that of the Women's Recovery Center, located at 6209 Storer Avenue, on Cleveland's west side. 

Before Kehoe went there, she battled alcohol abuse problems and clinical depression issues. "A lot of times, I just wished that I wouldn't wake up in the morning," she said. However, since she has undergone various approaches to therapy at the center, her entire life has turned around. 

The center sees about 55 clients, all of them women who are struggling with several issues.

"We're here three days a week so that offers some stability and accountability for ourselves," said Kehoe.  She added the therapy sessions, which include talking to experts, art, and other approaches, has helped her become a different person.

At 26, she is the mother of a 6-year-old child.  The Women's Resource Center understands if a mother is troubled, there is often a negative ripple effect through her family.  

"We look at the individual needs of not only the client, but her family," said Mary Jane Chichester, who has been the center's executive director for 17 years. "Our treatment planning actually advances to whatever those needs are," she added.

With the apparent suicide of internationally-known comedian-actor Robin Williams, his celebrity is prompting more coverage of not only the issues which troubled him, but, also, those which trouble so many other people.  Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. 

However, there are answers. The Women's Recovery Center is one of the organizations which can supply large amounts of help for those women who are seeking help.

Katie Kehoe face beams a big smile when she talks of her new approach. "I want life," she said, her eyes glistening with tears of joy. 

Organizations like the Women's Recovery Center in Cleveland are there to help women who struggle with clinical depression, alcohol and drug abuse and many other issues.  Its phone number is (216) 651-4351.

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