More than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, each year leaving behind loved ones to cope with the tragedy of loss. Suicidal thoughts may be a symptom of a mental disorder that may or may not have been diagnosed or treated yet. Suicide and Mental illness do not discriminate. It can affect anyone regardless of age, gender culture, color, etc. Suicidal ideation is more common than we think but the problem is nobody wants to talk about it because of the stigma that goes with it.
If you have a friend or family member who appears depressed, isolative or have verbalized suicidal thoughts, know that this should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Encourage them to seek treatment asap! Offer support. Just be there. Listen. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to say… it’s actually better if you just not say anything and allow them to vent.
Is There Imminent Danger?
Any person exhibiting these behaviors should get care immediately:
- Putting their affairs in order and giving away their possessions
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
- Mood shifts from despair to calm
- Planning, possibly by looking around to buy, steal or borrow the tools they need to commit suicide, such as a firearm or prescription medication
If you are unsure, a licensed mental health professional can help assess risk.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and on September 10th we observe World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in 2014 and was the second leading cause of death for those ages 10-24. Suicide is a global phenomenon that affects all regions of the world. According to the World Health Organization in 2012, over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and it is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds worldwide. (Source: NCTSN).
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10 – 16, 2017, beginning with World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th. During this day and week, individuals and organizations alike will be drawing attention the problem of suicide and advocating the prevention of this terrible tragedy.
Anyone can participate in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. There are certain activities that coaches, schools, and all types of organizations can conduct to bring awareness to suicide prevention. The awareness generated in September has the potential to have an enormous impact on our nation, even the chance to save a life.
Please be a part of this very important week by helping create awareness. ~~~> NAMI
- Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide
- Preventing Suicide as a Family Member or Caregiver
- Being Prepared for a Crisis
- Need more information, referrals or support? Contact the NAMI HelpLine.
- If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
- If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
Help promote awareness by sharing images and graphics on your website and social media accounts. Use #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree.
Risk Factors For Suicide
Research has found that about 90% of individuals who die by suicide experience mental illness. A number of other things may put a person at risk of suicide, including:
A family history of suicide.
Substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol can result in mental highs and lows that exacerbate suicidal thoughts.
Intoxication. More than one in three people who die from suicide are found to be currently under the influence.
Access to firearms.
A serious or chronic medical illness.
Gender. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide.
A history of trauma or abuse.
Age. People under age 24 or above age 65 are at a higher risk for suicide.
A recent tragedy or loss.
Agitation and sleep deprivation.
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