Observe Suicide Prevention Day and know that many suffer this day in silence. Suicide accounts for 1 of every 100 deaths globally, and it is the second leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 10 and 34. In the United States, American Indians, Alaska Native youth, LGBTQI+ youth, and rural men are disproportionately affected. Far too many service members, veterans, and law enforcement officials have taken or considered taking their own lives. All too frequently, these patriots and public servants do not receive the help they need due both to stigmas surrounding mental health challenges and lack of access to necessary resources.
What are suicide risk factors? – Suicide Prevention Day
Suicide risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take his or her life. Some risk factors include mental illness, family history of suicide, substance abuse, and chronic health conditions. Often times, risk factors mix with environmental factors (such as loss, divorce, harassment or bullying) and cause suicidal thoughts and/or impulses. It seems we all too frequently know someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. When looking back, many times the signs seem obvious. Other times, the signs are a complete shock.
Signs of Suicide Behavior
Seek professional help immediately if someone you know talks about things such as:
Some common warning behaviors include:
World Suicide Prevention Day, established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, was done in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). On September 10th each year, Suicide Prevention Day focuses attention on the issue of suicide. This helps reduce the stigma of talking about suicide and raises awareness among organizations, government, and the public. The message emphasizes that suicide can be prevented.
Remember a loved one with a purple and teal suicide prevention pin that can be engraved with a name, date or message. Pins are
also available in a teal and purple suicide prevention non-personalized version. Personalized Cause’s awareness ribbons call attention to and raise awareness about the very personal nature of suicide and this deep loss for grieving family members, loved ones, friends and communities.