September is Suicide Awareness Month, also known as Suicide Prevention Month, which brings awareness to the taboo topic that most are afraid to talk about. As we all know, the pain of suicide doesn’t only affect the victim, it affects family and friends exactly the same, but for much longer.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Website said of the commemorative month:
“We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.”
The most effective way to prevent suicide is to first know the signs and and to educate yourself about the condition as much as possible. Just like most things in life, there are some stigmas and incorrect info being spread in the world about the topic of suicide.
One common myth is that who die by suicide are selfish and take the easy way out. But quite the contrary. According to NAMI:
“Typically, people do not die by suicide because they do not want to live—people die by suicide because they want to end their suffering. These individuals are suffering so deeply that they feel helpless and hopeless. Individuals who experience suicidal ideations do not do so by choice. They are not simply, “thinking of themselves,” but rather they are going through a very serious mental health symptom due to either mental illness or a difficult life situation.”
Help save some lives today by getting your facts straight
FACT: In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring.
FACT: Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds.
FACT: On average, 1 person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes.
FACT: 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 dies by suicide each year.
FACT: Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.