September 10, 2018 is National Suicide Prevention Day
The National Alliance on Mental Health states that, “each year more than 34,000 individuals take their own life, leaving behind thousands of friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents” (NAMI).
A few ways we can partake in National Suicide Prevention Day are by being aware of possible warning signs and risks, what resources are available, and by engaging in activities to raise awareness about suicide.
Potential Warning Signs in Behavior:
- Withdrawal from social settings or gatherings
- Increased use of substances (drugs, alcohol)
- Reckless or unusual behavior
- Threats or comments about death, including speaking or writing about it
- Family history of suicide
- History of trauma or abuse
- A recent loss or tragedy
- Substance abuse
See more risks and warning signs to look for from NAMI by clicking here.
Suggested Activities for Raising Awareness of Suicide:
- Light A Candle Near a Window at 8:00 PM in remembrance of lost ones
- Cycle Around The Globe to raise awareness and funds for research
See other activities and volunteer opportunities here at the NAMI website.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with thoughts of suicide or depression, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741 for 24/7 Crisis Counseling.
If you’d like to talk to one of our counselors, call our office at 407-900-8633 to setup an appointment.
Written by Kelsey Noonan, Patient Care Coordinator at Agape Therapy Institute.