September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It is a month dedicated in rising awareness of suicide and the ways we as a community can prevent it. During this month, organizations all over the country are sharing resources that can help prevent suicide attempts or thoughts, and help others understand the ways they can support those who have an increased risk of suicide.
Suicidal thoughts can affect people at any age, background, or gender, and according to multiple studies, suicide is the 3rd most common death cause in young people. Suicidal thoughts or actions could also be the result of mental illness.
What are some of the warning signs of Suicidality?
- Extensive mood swings
- Aggressive, Impulsive or reckless behavior
- Mentioning, talking or writing about death
- Comments or threats about killing themselves
- Substance abuse, most common abuses are: alcohol and drugs
What can you do about it?
There are several crisis and information resources you can use or refer a loved one to if you sense suicidal behavior, actions or thoughts.
- If you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis, or suicidal thoughts contact the NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE: 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- If you are looking for information, referrals, support or guidance contact the NAMI Helpline: 800-950-NAMI (6264)
- If a loved one or someone you care for is in an emergency call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
If you or someone you know needs a mental health assessment or suffer from a mental illness and needs help click here.
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness & CDC