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National Suicide Prevention Week September 7-13th 2015

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 4:53:06 PM by healtheo360

Join us in participating in the National Suicide Prevention week!

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the world federation for mental health is hosting World Suicide prevention day in September 10th 2015.

This years theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching out and Saving Lives” which will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.

Suicide can affect everyone

Suicide and suicidal behavior occurs across all ages, economic, social and ethnic boundaries. Suicide is an international problem and a major public health concern.

Suicide Prevention Ribbon
The purple and turquoise Suicide Prevention Ribbon symbolized suicide and prevention.

The idea of using purple and turquoise stems from the realization that every cause has a colored ribbon except for suicide prevention. The decision of the purple and turquoise were because the two colors are both ‘healing colors’. The color combination stands for survivors of suicide and suicide itself. The ribbon serves as a reminder that suicide itself is an issue that we need to talk about.

Staggering Statistics

· More than 41,100 Americans kill themselves every year.doctor-563428_640
· Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24, and is the 10th leading cause of death overall. · Suicide claims approximately 1 million lives worldwide each year, resulting in one suicide every 40 seconds.
· There is an estimated 10 to 20 suicide attempts per each completed suicide, resulting in several million suicide attempts each year.

Family members who suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide are at potentially higher risk of suicide and emotional problems.

Most suicidal persons give definite warnings of their suicidal thoughts, but those closest to them are either unaware of the significance of these warnings or do not know how to respond to them.

If you are in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Are you or someone you love at risk of suicide? Get the facts and take appropriate action.

Get help immediately by contacting a mental health professional or calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline should you witness, hear, or see anyone exhibiting one or more of the following:

· Someone threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or talking about wanting to hurt or kill him/herself.
· Someone looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
· Someone is talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person.

Things to remember

Suicide is preventable. Most suicidal individuals give definitive warnings of their suicidal intensions but others are either unaware of the significance of these warnings or do not know how to respond to them.

A person’s risk for suicidal behavior most often will show :

Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use
No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
Feeling trapped-like there’s no way out
Hopelessness
Withdrawal from friends, family and society
Rage, Uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge

Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
Dramatic mood changes

Sources:
AAS , Suicidology and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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