September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. According to the CDC it is the tenth LEADING cause of death in the United States, and is a national public health crisis. One person dies by suicide every eleven minutes.
In 2017, 10.6 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. People who have experienced violence, including child abuse, bullying, or sexual violence are at higher risk for suicide.
I know it can be scary if someone you love talks about suicidal thoughts;and even more frightening if you find yourself thinking about dying or giving up on life. Therefore, it is important that we take these kinds of thoughts seriously, in order to prevent a devastating outcome. As suicide is a permanent solution to (often) temporary problems. If you or someone you know may be experiencing these warning signs, please seek professional medical help immediately or contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
Feeling like a burden
Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Increased substance use
Looking for a way to access lethal means
Increased anger or rage
Extreme mood swings
Sleeping too little or too much
Talking or posting about wanting to die
Making plans for suicide
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