By Jadyn Cicerchia
For those that are not aware, suicide awareness month is September. It is a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized topic. But no matter what time of year it is, suicide should never be an ignored topic. Suicide is actually the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34. This is a statistic that may shock a lot of people because it is just not really talked about. It is a very sensitive topic by nature, but that does not mean it has to be taboo. Recognizing the problem is the first step to solving it. By spreading awareness, we can ensure that people have access to the proper resources they need to seek help.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition, and 90% had experienced symptoms. This is exactly why mental health must be taken seriously. Those who are left in the dark about their condition and are never treated properly are much more likely to have suicidal tendencies. If more information is spread, people will know how to help their friends and family.
Some warning signs of suicide include:
- Talking about wanting to die or feeling hopeless
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Extreme mood swings
- Anxious and reckless behavior
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
- Tying up loose ends (for example: giving away possessions)
- Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon
While it is important to assess and understand the behavior of those close to you, suicidal behaviors are a psychiatric emergency. If you or someone you know is taking any of these steps seek immediate help from a health care provider or call 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255