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Lisa Prather

Campaign Manager for the National Council for Behavioral Health

Are You Struggling with Thoughts of Suicide?

September 20, 2019 | Suicide | Treatment | Comments
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It’s a shocking question, isn’t it? I remember how hard it was the first time I asked a friend. I didn’t know how to make it sound neutral, nonchalant, non-judgmental and frankly … normal.

Talking about suicide isn’t easy and not knowing what to say or how to say it can make you feel like saying nothing at all. But, suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54 in America. We can’t afford to be silent.

When you engage with someone who is having thoughts of suicide, it’s important to remember that everyone’s journey is different. But one thing is for sure: we can’t make that journey alone.

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we want to remind you that even though the numbers show that suicide is still on the rise, people are not statistics, suicide prevention is possible and hope for recovery can start with individuals like you.

But how can you help friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances get the care they need in a time of crisis? Sustained mental health care from professionals is important and long-term mental health care plans are necessary; however, according to America’s Mental Health 2018, 96 million American adults (38 percent) have had to wait longer than one week for mental health services.

When in crisis, you don’t have time to wait for an appointment. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, it is never safe to wait. That’s why, as a part of the America’s Mental Health Campaign, we have compiled some suicide prevention resources to have on hand in case of a crisis. Through these resources, you can also learn more about how to foster hard conversations, get Mental Health First Aid training and volunteer your time to national and local suicide prevention efforts.

Download these suicide prevention resources today and be ready to join the fight against suicide. We can be the ones to let people know that help is available, recovery is possible and hope is eternal.