Now that school is back in session across the country, it’s a great time for a short pop quiz. Ready? Which of the following statements are false?
1. People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.
2. You can’t stop someone from attempting suicide.
3. People who threaten suicide are seeking attention.
4. People who attempt suicide are selfish.
If you knew (without guessing, of course) that all these statements are false – congratulations! If you missed some, no worries. Suicide is a complex problem that has been plagued by myths and stigma. And a problem that continues to grow.
The estimated number of suicide deaths in the United States rose to over 49,000 in 2022, according to provisional data released last month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This represents an increase of around 2.6 % from 2021 and the highest number of deaths by suicide in any year. The CDC also reported that over half of all U.S. suicides in 2022 involved firearms; the highest number of gun-related suicides to date.
September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention month to raise awareness of the steps that everyone can take to prevent suicide. Actions as simple as knowing that 988 is the number to contact the 24/7 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline via call, text and chat for access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal thoughts, a mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. Learn the five steps to #BeThe1To help someone in crisis and help spread the word that suicide can be prevented!
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.
- Newsworthy: current healthcare news, including rising costs, the appeal process quagmire, and seniors challenged by long Covid-19.
- Pound of Prevention: why people do not talk about suicide, why suicide should be discussed and #BeThe1To.
- At Risk: suicide risk for older adults, risk for individuals with autsim and black youth suicides are increasing.
- Just Wondering: including my personal favorite,Where Did the QWERTY Keyboard Come From?
A Pound of Prevention
Enjoy the weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 1416
Birmingham, MI 48012
Office: (248) 792-2187
Email: [email protected]