Suicide is an important public health issue, so we wanted to bring awareness this month, which happens to be ‘National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.’ While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, suicide prevention awareness month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic.
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can effect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Often times, suicidal thoughts indicate a more serious underlying issue. Raising awareness about suicide prevention and getting people the help that they need can save lives.
Did you know?
- In the United States, one person dies by suicide every thirteen minutes
- In Pennsylvania, one person dies by suicide every five hours
- For every suicide, there are four suicide attempts
- 90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death
While the statistics sound very alarming, there are preventive measures that can be taken. Help is always available.
Suicide is a preventable public health problem. What you can do to help prevent suicide:
- Know the risk factors and warning signs
- Talk openly and honestly about suicide – don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions
- Provide help and support, but most importantly LISTEN
- Take any suicidal talk or behavior seriously
If someone you know is in immediate danger of suicide, act immediately:
- Do not leave the person alone
- Reduce access to means of self-harm (remove weapons, pills, etc.)
- Get help
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK
- Call Armstrong-Indiana Crisis Services at 877-333-2470
- Call 911
- Take the person to the nearest emergency room