September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Each year more than 41,000 people die by suicide, leaving behind thousands of family and friends trying to navigate the tragedy of their loss. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 2nd among people aged 10-24.

Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are both damaging and dangerous and are considered a psychiatric emergency. Someone experiencing these thoughts should seek immediate assistance from a health or mental health care provider. Having suicidal thoughts does not mean someone is weak or flawed.

If you see warning signs you can help:

  •       Begin a dialogue by asking questions in a nonjudgmental and non-confrontational way
  •       Don’t try to minimize the problem
  •       If you feel the person is not in immediate danger, acknowledge that the pain is real
          and offer to work together to get help

Suicide Prevention 

If at any time you do not feel safe, or feel like hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 immediately or your local crisis service provider. The following telephone hotline is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week: 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273.8255

Sept is Suicide Awareness Month - read an article provided by Haywood Regional BHU about the signs and risk