National Suicide Prevention Week

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National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10 – 16; surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.

This is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Week provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.

Suicide Warning Signs

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.

Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org) to learn about having the conversation to #stop

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

Contact Email * sarathor@miad.edu
Contact Name * Sara Thor
Website Link https://afsp.org/campaigns/national-suicide-prevention-week-2017/
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