No one likes to talk about this hard subject, but most of us probably know someone who has attempted or succeeded in suicide. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, "suicides are the 10th leading cause of death. in the US · In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide · In 2018, there were an estimated 1.4M suicide attempts". White males have a greater than 69% success rate of all suicides together in 2018. There has also been a steady increase in suicides since 2009. https://afsp.org/risk-factors-and-warning-signs
Because there's no single cause for suicide it is hard to pin point. But most attempts are made when there is a great deal of stressors and or health issues that create a sense of hopelessness and despair.
"World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), collaborates with the World Health Organization(WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), to host World Suicide Prevention Day. In 2011 an estimated 40 countries held awareness events to mark the occasion." https://www.iabhp.com/national-wellness-observance-calendar/world-suicide-prevention-day/
There is a need to look at this as an urgent condition, especially with our world crisis of Covid-19, the Unrest in the country and climate change taking on a whole new challenge. There is a need to know who is at risk, the warning signs to look for and how to get help.
Risk Factors: Health
Mental health conditions
Substance use problems
Personality traits of aggression, mood changes and poor relationships
Serious physical health conditions including pain
Traumatic brain injury
Risk Factors: Historical
Previous suicide attempts
Family history of suicide
Childhood abuse neglect or trauma
Not only is it important to know who is at risk, it is also important to look at behaviors that can cause a need to help seek out care. Sooner rather than later.
Warning signs- Behavior
Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change:
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
Withdrawing from activities
Isolating from family and friends
Sleeping too much or too little
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
Giving away prized possessions
If you or anyone you know show signs of any of these, reach out to your nearest Suicide Prevention Hot line at 1-800-273-8255, or call your nearest Crisis Intervention Team. 911 for an emergency but have them activate their suicide prevention team.
We can also, help those that may be off of medications for depression or anxiety until they can get in to their own PCP. Make an appointment at https://www.hhctelehealth.com/book-online