Reflections on National Suicide Prevention Month
Every person can help prevent suicide and promote recovery for individuals that may have a mental illness. Mental health is very important to helping anyone change the narrative for those in need. According to the World Health Organization, suicide is among the three leading causes of death for those aged 15-44 and second leading cause of death in those 10-24 years of age. With nearly 1.4 million Americans attempting suicide annually, this accounts on average for nearly 132 Americans dying by suicide each day.
Everyone has unique experiences throughout their lives and these experiences effect everyone differently. Knowing the signs of suicide and being able to recognize them can successfully prevent an attempt. These signs can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Losing interest in activities
- Feelings of hopelessness/helplessness
- Talking about death or suicide
- Extreme mood swings
- Saying goodbye to family and friends
Suicide is preventable even if it does not feel like it. Being an advocate for those in need can make all the difference. There is a lot that each of us can do to prevent suicide. Some of the things that you can do to help may include:
- Seek help if you are worried
- Respond to crisis quickly
- Offering support and help
- Keep them safe
- Stay connected
Suicide is an attempt to escape suffering that can feel unbearable. Despite the individuals desire for the pain to stop, most individuals that have or experience suicidal thoughts or attempts, feel deeply conflicted about ending their own lives. This major public health concern can be complicated and tragic. However, we know this can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs and how to help can save lives.
Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital stands with our community as we reflect on Suicide Prevention Month. As September comes to an end, we need to remember to offer the same caring support for those in need year round.
As a community service, we offer free mental health assessments 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at (844) 580-5000 or walk-in anytime.