By: Bethany Winkel
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September is Suicide Prevention Month
Did you know that September is Suicide Prevention Month? With all of the great causes out there, this one sometimes gets overlooked, but we need to all do what we can to create awareness about this issue. It starts with a conversation.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, according to studies. Most people who experience thoughts of suicide are too afraid to tell anyone, so they keep it a secret. Without help, these people continue to struggle and sink deeper into depression, mental illness, substance abuse, and they may try to commit suicide.
This month’s theme is “One conversation can change a life.” Talk to someone if you think they might be struggling with this issue. If you are having suicidal thoughts yourself, find someone to talk to. Confiding in a treatment provider, therapist, doctor, or good friend can be the first step toward getting the help you need.
Know the warning signs of suicide.
According to NAMI, warning signs include:
- Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous
- Increased alcohol and drug use
- Aggressive behavior
- Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community
- Dramatic mood swings
- Talking, writing or thinking about death
- Impulsive or reckless behavior