September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and more attention is being given to the subject every year as we educate communities about this silent epidemic. As caring members of our community, we can all be active in recognizing when someone is potentially thinking of harming themselves. We can all be heroes to our friends and family by taking extra measures to step in and take action.
Here are some statistics that might be alarming but bring to light the seriousness of how we can all save lives:
-Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States…and the 2nd leading cause of death among those ages 10-34.
-Women attempt suicide more often than men. Yet suicide rates are 4 times higher among men. Men are more likely to use lethal means, and women tend to choose less lethal methods.
-The highest rates of suicide are among adults ages 45-65 and ages 65+.
The following three warning signs should prompt you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call Kingwood Pines Hospital to talk to a mental health professional 24/7 or bring the person directly to Kingwood Pines for an immediate assessment:
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself.
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
EVERYONE has a role to play in suicide prevention. Research has shown that suicide is preventable when individuals, community groups, and services providers work together. By understanding the warning signs, getting those at risk timely access to effective suicide-specific care, reducing access to lethal means, and changing the way we talk about suicide to promote hope, treatment, and recovery, we can change the statistics!
Kingwood Pines is honored to be a part of educating our community about the epidemic of suicide, as well as many other subjects related to mental illness, but we know there is much more work to be done. Locally we sponsor the “Hero for Zero” initiative and are providing educational activities in the local school systems to help students learn how to be a Hero for their friends by being brave enough to get help for any friend who might be in need.
Through our corporate owner, Universal Health Services, we are partnered with National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and have educational programs available for many different groups of people. Their website is http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/ , and it has information on many statistics and preventative measures.
References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://webappa.cdc.gov