Suicide Doesn’t Have to Happen
Suicide is a leading cause of death in every age group and in your community. In just the short time it takes to read this information, one more American will choose to die.
But suicide doesn’t have to happen! Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide. By learning how to recognize the warning signs of suicidal depression, and knowing what action to take, you can save the life of someone you love.
Depression doesn’t have to be fatal. Recent research on the brain shows that serious emotional problems have a biological cause. A chemical imbalance in the brain causes depressive illness. With medication and counseling, a person can manage their depression just as they can manage diabetes or high blood pressure.
Silence kills. It’s as simple as that. Because discussing suicide has been taboo, many people are afraid to admit how they feel, or if a friend does tell you of his or her intent, you may be asked to promise not to tell anyone. Never keep suicidal plans a secret. Get professional help and get it NOW! Tomorrow may be too late.
The Center for Mental Health provides a comprehensive suicide prevention program including Signs of Suicide (SOS), Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).
QPR is a training program offered by the Center which teaches the three steps that anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. To learn more about QPR click here.
Mental Health First Aid provides an overview of various mental disorders and teaches members of the public how to respond in a mental health emergency and how to offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress. Much like CPR, MHFA can offer assistance to the individual until professional help arrives. For more information check out the following links:
Mental Health First Aid for Youth is now available! Check out the details here.
Suicide Intervention Guidelines is a powerful brochure to help prevent suicide. If you suspect someone may be suicidal, this guide will tell you in clear and easy terms what to say, what to do, and the community resources available to help. To read the Guidelines click here.
A resource for suicidal individuals, their loved ones, survivors, mental health professionals, and the merely curious Speaking of Suicide
Another suicide prevention resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800.273.TALK (8255) and their website www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Connect to their Facebook presence at: http://www.facebook.com/800273TALK
A valuable resource concerning suicide prevention and awareness - click here.
Pat Risser Suicide Prevention 2013