As of 2018, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death across all ages in the United States, and it is the 2nd leading cause of death globally for ages 15-24, according to www.Save.org.
Sept. 9-15 is National Suicide Prevention Week. This week is aimed at helping people around the nation to reach out and talk about mental health, whether it be positive or negative. Having a conversation about mental health can help others feel connected and feel that there is an outlet besides suicide, according to afsp.org.
World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10. This day is to honor those who have lost their lives or have been affected by suicide. It helps raise awareness and to focus on ways to help those who need it the most.
Suicidepreventionlifeline.org states that, “Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.” This is what the prevention week is all about: starting the conversation.
There are many factors that can cause one to feel that suicide is the only outlet. Mental disorders, trauma, illness, financial issues and lack of support can all be factors of suicide. Knowing the warning signs of suicide can help save a life around you. Common signs include, but are not limited to, talking about wanting to die, talking about being a burden to others, sleeping too little or too much and having extreme mood swings.
Social media is a way for people to connect across the globe. Use #BeThe1To to get the conversation started. If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is anonymous and free and can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. This lifeline is for anyone who needs support in any aspect of their life.