If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, bringing light to a conversation many people struggle to have. In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in adults. Out of the 1.5 million attempts made in 2019, nearly 50,000 people lost their life to suicide. For middle-aged white men, it is the leading cause of death.
This month is dedicated to the conversation. In order to prevent suicide, we must talk about it. The stigma surrounding mental health and suicidal thoughts can and do prevent people from seeking the help they need.
The conversation around mental health has undoubtedly shifted over the decade. The recognition of how widespread depression and anxiety has helped many realize they are not alone in their mental health journeys. Seeking medication has become easier over the years and going to therapy is a valid option for thousands of Americans. But, despite this, external situations leave many feeling doubt or hopelessness in their daily lives.
The economic uncertainty Americans have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unimaginable strain on families. With over 600,000 dead in the United States from the pandemic alone, people are actively grieving. While millions of Americans face these situations similarly, the individualistic nature of mental health can leave people feeling isolated.
When it comes to your loved ones, it’s important to recognize the signs to help them. Key moods to look out for in those around you are continual depression, anxiety, anger or loss of interest. Many who are experiencing suicidal thoughts may begin to behave differently as well. Acting recklessly, saying goodbye to people or possessions more frequently, and physical withdrawal are all signs of this.
Facing hardship is an unfortunate aspect of our lives, and it’s important that we support those around us and watch out for each other. If you are experiencing mental health struggles, we here at the ITM Group welcome you with open arms.