With September comes cool winds, warm clothes, and Suicide Prevention month. This month is used as an opportunity to promote resources and awareness of the importance of suicide prevention. This month is a perfect time to learn the proper way to help someone who is having suicidal thoughts to seek help without exacerbating the situation. This month is so essential because a lot of people are uneducated about how to handle someone who is having suicidal thoughts or feelings.
Nobody is immune to suicidal thoughts or feelings regardless of age, race, gender, or environmental aspects. Anyone can experience these and they can come in varying degrees of intensity. It is often the result of a mental health condition that can manifest when a person is at a low point. Some things that may cause suicidal thoughts are sexual abuse, grief, unemployment, fiscal struggles, and relationship breakups. These are some widely recognized causes but not the only ones.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people claiming an approximate one hundred and five lives in the United States every day. Women are more likely than men to have suicidal thoughts but men die from suicide three times more often than women do! That being said, any person can feel suicidal thoughts and be compelled to act on them.
You can get involved in Suicide Prevention Month in many different ways. Firstly and most importantly, if you are struggling with suicidal thought or feelings you need to seek help as soon as possible. There are many resources available to you that will help you learn to cope with these thoughts. If you know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts you can encourage them to seek help as well as learn how to be a great support person. You can share the cause on social media and through word of mouth to get more exposure for this month and possibly help someone. Even though suicidal thoughts are common it doesn’t mean that they should be taken lightly. Suicide is everyone’s business.