Courtesy of BryLin Hospital
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about suicide and the importance of seeking help. We hope to alleviate stigma, normalize the conversation around mental illness, help those struggling with suicidal thoughts, educate about the warning signs of suicide, and encourage prevention and treatment.
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24. There are many reasons why someone might consider suicide. Some people may be struggling with mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Others may be facing difficult life circumstances, such as financial problems, relationship problems, or job loss. Still others may have a history of trauma or abuse.
No matter the reason, it is important to remember that suicide is never the answer. There is help available, and there is hope for recovery. If you are thinking about suicide, please reach out for help. You are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help you get through this.
Know the Warning Signs:
- Feeling alone and isolated
- Feeling like a burden
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Feeling sad, anxious, or depressed
- Substance abuse or increased substance use
- Irritability, anger, and mood swings
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
If you know someone thinking about suicide, please reach out to them and offer your support. Let them know that you are there for them and that you care about them, and encourage them to seek professional help. Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility. By talking about suicide and raising awareness, we can help save lives together.
Here are some additional things you can do to help:
- Ask how they are feeling and listen.
- If actively suicidal, keep them safe until professional help arrives.
- Help them connect with treatment.
- Show compassion and love, and talk openly about mental health or substance abuse.
- Mental health is no different than physical health; educate yourself and reduce stigma.
- Do not label, shame, or stereotype people with mental health or substance abuse issues; empower them.
- Spend time engaging with them in self-care and activities they enjoy.
- Be a role model, demonstrate self-care and recovery-related behaviors.
- Follow up and check in regularly, show them you care.
Together, we can make a difference in the fight against suicide. Help is available. Call BryLin Hospital at 716-886-8200 to speak with a mental health professional who can help, or visit www.brylin.com for more information. With HELP, There’s HOPE.