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SPEAK UP: SUICIDE PREVENTION

Over the weekend we heard the tragic news of Ian Alexander Jr., the son of Oscar award winner Regina King passing due to suicide.

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States. Based on recent mortality data, suicide in some populations is on the rise.

According to the national institute of mental health ” suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2019: suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 47,500 people. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44. There were nearly two and a half times as many suicides (47,511) in the United States as there were homicides (19,141).

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.

Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss, or change:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression
  • Fatigue

While the statistics are alarming, it’s always important to check in with your loved ones. Make sure you and your loved ones are taking mental breaks throughout the day. And zone in on self-care days. If you are stressed talk to someone. If you need time to yourself let someone know. Speak up. We’re all in this together.

If you are in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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