Suicide Prevention/Awareness Month is almost over…

World Health Organization (WHO) (2014), reports “An estimated 804,000 suicide deaths occurred worldwide in 2012, representing an annual global age-standardized suicide rate of 11.4 per 100,000 population (15.0 for males and 8.0 for females)”. This agency also suggests that there are far more individuals that attempt suicide than succeed at it. YES that is correct…There are far more individuals that attempt suicide than succeed at it.

Now lets take this a little bit closer to home. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) (2013) reported, “The five leading causes of death for those aged 1–24 years of age include external causes (i.e., accidents, homicide, and suicide), followed by cancer and heart disease”.

NOTE: According to (NIMH), “In 2009, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15–24. In this age group, suicide accounted for 14.4 percent of all deaths in 2009".

Although suicide prevention/awareness month is almost over, we must remain active in our efforts to recognize, treat, intervene, and prevent this devastating phenomenon utilizing both “universal” and “selective” prevention strategies. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (2014), “SUICIDE is a major, preventable mental health problem”. Mental health is a major community health related issue that affects people of all gender, age, and culture and it could be impacted by all of us. Many individuals refuse to seek help because of the “negative stigma” that is placed on having a mental health illness. Others may not seek help because of lack of access to resources.

Unfortunately we live in a time where it is thought that life is best lived in the fast lane. And we don’t slow down enough to realize that many tragedies often happen more frequently there. Realistically, tragedies also happen in the slow lane and developing healthy coping strategies is a major tool in healthy healing. Furthermore, this society is often fueled by media and advertisements that utilizes both visual and verbal subliminal messages that provoke thoughts of self insecurities and discontentment with present accomplishments and resources. Suicide effects everyone. Each person is or was a daughter, son, mother, brother, sister, friend, grandmother, grandfather, wife, or husband. Take the time to become aware of risk factors to suicide and know what signs to look for. THE LIFE YOU SAVE COULD BE YOUR LOVED ONE.

Click on the link below to learn about suicide and suicide prevention… http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-a-major-preventable-mental-health-problem-fact-sheet/teen_suicide_508.pdf

References

Minino, A. M. (2011). NCHS Data Brief: Death in the United States (115). Retrieved from Center for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://medium.com/p/5538eedc02f7/edit

National Institute for Mental Health. (2014). Suicide: A major, preventable mental health problem. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-a-major-preventable-mental-health-problem-fact-sheet/teen_suicide_508.pdf

World Health Organization. (2014). Preventing suicide: A global imperative. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/exe_summary_english.pdf

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