So for a blog about health and wellness, suicide may seem like a heavy topic, but it’s important that we talk about it. As a community, we can work toward preventing suicide by being aware of warning signs, connecting struggling individuals to help, volunteering our time, and/or donating to organizations with this mission.
Unfortunately, suicide may be more prevalent than you think. According to the Center or Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016, suicide was determined to be the 10th highest cause of death in the US, with 45,000 individuals aged 10 and above passing away in this manner.
Know the Warning Signs:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings*
*Signs from https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
It’s important to note, at times, there may be no outward signs. That’s where breaking the stigma of mental illness and struggles with mental health comes in. If we have open discussions about struggles with mental health, we can pave the way for creating an accepting environment where our colleagues, family members, friends, or neighbors, may feel comfortable reaching out.
How to Help:
In addition to having open discussions about mental health and suicide, we can offer support and resources to individuals that display these warning signs. One amazing resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Individuals of all ages can call the hotline to speak with a crisis counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during their time of need. Another resource is the Trevor Project a lifeline dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth in crisis, 1-866-488-7386. One additional resource is the Crisis Text line which can be utilized by Texting HOME to 741741.*
*Disclaimer- if you or anyone you know is in immediate danger, refer to emergency services and dial 911.
Further, each organization listed accepts volunteers and donations. If you have the time or financial means to contribute to any of these or similar organizations, I encourage you to do so.
This post is certainly not an extensive source of information on this topic, but I hope you, the reader, gained insight into a way that you can help😊 If you are passionate about this topic, I encourage you to do further research on your own, and to share this knowledge with others. Awareness is one of the first steps towards positive change.
Sending love and light your way,
Mary Lyn ❤
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