September is considered National Suicide Awareness Month and brings attention to a topic seldom discussed and sometimes even dismissed. Suicidal thoughts, similar to mental illness, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. According to the CDC and WHO, suicide is the 10th leading cause for death in the United States. Those statistics increase to the 2nd leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10-34. Suicidal thoughts, feelings, and actions should always be taken seriously.
Since 2001, the overall suicide rate has increased by 31%. It is expected that with CoVID, that number will increase again. The pandemic and lockdown have impacted everyone to some level. However, it is especially hard for those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other underlying conditions. Be mindful of yourself and others during these trying times.
I encourage you to take a few minutes this month to learn more about the symptoms and how to offer or acquire help. Below are a few resources to get you started:
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Health24-hour helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI or Text “NAMI” to 741741https://www.nami.org/home
SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Educationhttps://save.org/about-suicide/suicide-facts/