Health department offers information during Suicide Prevention Month

 

La Porte County Health Department press release

September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) reports suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, making it responsible for more than 47,500 deaths in 2019, which  correlates to about one death every 11 minutes.  

People who have experienced loss, prolonged stress, violence, child  abuse, bullying, and/or sexual violence have a higher suicide risk. 

The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience. Anyone can assist in suicide prevention by being active helping the one in crisis. We can also be  aware of the warning signs and know what to do if we come across someone in crisis:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Educating ourselves on what to do ahead of time helps keep us prepared in the event that we come across someone in crisis. 

  • Do not leave the person alone 
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt                                                     Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
  • Take the person to an emergency room, or seek help from a medical or mental health professional 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK(8255) connects the caller to a certified crisis center near where the call is placed. The lifeline is free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

You can also connect 24/7 to a crisis counselor by texting the Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741. 

If you or your group is interested in receiving certified training,  please contact Sue Reed at Healthy Communities, 219-210-3499.

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