Today is World Suicide Prevention Day
It’s a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 700,000 people die by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. A national study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation in February found that suicidal ideation has doubled as a result of since the COVID-19 pandemic. Suicide awareness and prevention are important now more than ever.
What can YOU do?
Our local data shows that suicidal ideation is prevalent right now. Someone close to you may struggling. Take time this month to learn the warning signs and practice the skills to help someone in a suicidal crisis!
Becoming a suicide gatekeeper will help you recognize someone in a crisis and the signs that they may be contemplating suicide.
Check out these National and State-wide Mental Health and Suicide Resources
Also, be sure that you & your family members have stored the Crisis Text Line and National Suicide Lifeline numbers in your phone.
Help is available to you or your loved ones.
Speak with someone today.