September is Suicide Awareness Month

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If you or someone you know is in an emergency situation and is talking about committing suicide call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Suicide is on the rise, and it may be due to the isolation and loneliness as a result of this pandemic. In the wake of the political climate, acts of injustice by the police, and natural disasters, we are all left a little depressed. Those with mental health issues, children, and adolescents experiencing cyberbullying as well as nurses and others that are also experiencing bullying in the workplace may find these extra burdens are too much to deal with. These constant attacks make them all susceptible to the feelings of hopelessness and despair, that could give way to suicide if left untreated.

If you or anyone you know have experienced hopelessness and despair and it continues to plague you or someone you know, please reach out for help. Not all individuals may be suicidal but they do need some intervention from a professional, to assist with healthy coping mechanisms.

Below are references for more information on this serious topic.

References

  1. Suicide rates for all ages – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2005) Accessed March 30, 2020.
    https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars
  2. Number of and rates of youth suicides – Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Death Certificate Data, Vital Statistics Section. Prepared by Center for Health Statistics, March 11, 2020.
    https://dshs.texas.gov/chs/vstat/Default.shtm
  3. Number of suicide-related calls to Poison Control Center – Texas Department of State Health Services, Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Registries. Prepared by Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN), February 28, 2020.
    https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/epidemiology/epipoison.shtm
  4. Who’s at risk? – Texas Department of State Health Services, Center for Health Statistics. Prepared by Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), March 4, 2020.
    https://www.dshs.texas.gov/chs/yrbs/

Remember to reach out, if you or someone you know have feelings of extreme sadness and hopelessness that you can not manage call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, RN

An experienced registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in all many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information.

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