4 Things You Need to Know during Suicide Prevention Month

Death is never an easy thing to deal with, and it can especially be difficult when a loved one takes his or her own life. A barrage of questions fill surviving friends and family’s heads. What could I have done to prevent this? How did I not know?

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and here 4 things you need to know about suicide.

  1. Mental Disorder and Substance Abuse are Links. Ninety percent of those who die from suicide suffer from mental health issues or abuse alcohol or drugs.
  1. Recent Death Can Lead to Death. If someone close to them just recently passed away, this can cause trauma and lead to suicide. Be a good support system. Make sure to reach out to those suffering from a loss.
  1. Suicide Often Affects Young People. Whether it’s due to bullying or adjusting to college, suicide is often especially prevalent among the young. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among those ages 10 to 24.
  1. Seeking Treatment for Depression Significantly Reduces Suicidal Thoughts.It’s important for those with suicidal thoughts to seek help, whether it’s talking to a loved one or a professional. The willingness to seek help often puts them on the path toward understanding and working through it.

If you or someone you know is considering hurting themselves, reach out today before it’s too late. The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273 TALK (8255). If you or someone you know is suffering, make the call. One conversation can save a life.

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