Anna Gurganus, Correspondent
September is National Suicide Prevention month. This is a time for the community to come together to promote suicide prevention.
Sep. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. This day is set aside to focus on those who have been affected by suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Week is the week surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day. During this week those affected by suicide share resources and stories to promote awareness.
Suicide is a common cause of death in America. The unfortunate events of 2020 have led to an increase in stress and depression which are strong risk factors of suicide.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, around 47,000 Americans commit suicide every year. This makes it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
It’s important to be aware of the warning signs of suicide. These include talking about suicide, looking for access to a lethal weapon, or an unusual focus on death. A person with suicidal thoughts may also have feelings of hopelessness and depression. They will likely prepare for their death by giving away possessions and saying goodbye.
If you feel a friend or loved one is experiencing these, it is important to take steps to make sure they are okay.
First, talk to them about it in a calm and loving way.
Next, offer them help and be supportive. Let them know you love them and are there for them.
It’s crucial to remember to act quickly in a crisis. Get them professional help and continue to support them through their journey.