September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Each year more than 40,000 Americans die by suicide, with an average of 117 completed suicides per day. More than half of people who die by suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Additionally, more than 383,000 people in the United States are treated in emergency rooms annually for self-inflicted injuries.
Warning signs of and risk factors for suicide include:
- Depression, feelings of hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts or statements about death
- Abuse of alcohol, drugs, or other substances
- Previous suicide attempt(s) or a family history of suicide
- Impulsiveness, extreme anxiety, agitation, irritability, or risky behavior
- Withdrawing from family and friends; isolation or lack of support
- Loss in relationships, social support, finances, or work
If you are concerned about a co-worker, friend, or family member, and you think they may be considering suicide, do not leave them alone, and remember the acronym “ACE.”
- A – Ask – “Are you thinking of killing or hurting yourself?”
- C – Care – Listen with compassion, and voice your concern. Remove any means that could be used for self-injury.
- E – Escort the individual to receive professional help
If you need to call for assistance, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 800-273-TALK. To learn more about the Lifeline, visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Suicide prevention is a responsibility for all of us. We can all look out for each other and encourage a colleague in need to seek help.
If you want to talk to me, call.
Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the force behind BlackManWithAGun.com, founder of Blanchard.Media and the SpeaklifeChurch.net