THIS POST IS PART OF A WEEK-LONG SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK SERIES. IF YOU ARE, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS, CURRENTLY IN CRISIS, PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255. YOU ARE IMPORTANT.
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Fact: Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States overall; it is third for youth and young adults ages 10-24 (NAMI)
Fact: In Connecticut alone, one person a day dies by suicide (Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board)
Fact: Over 90% of those who die by suicide have struggled with some sort of mental health issue (NAMI)
Fact: Asking someone if they are considering suicide can DECREASE the risk that they will kill themselves (Mental Health First Aid, USA)
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AHEC stands for Area Health Education Center, but health is far bigger than what is happening to our physical bodies. Mind health, or mental health, is a gigantic piece of the puzzle, and even as we begin to move toward a more open and mental health literate society, suicide remains one of the most pressing topics shrouded by stigma.
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and the entire month of September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Sometimes, suicide feels like the other “s-word,” but this conversation is important. Therefore, in honor of this week, we will be taking the time to address many different pieces of the suicide prevention puzzle including:
- Suicide warning signs and risk factors
- How to start the conversation and ask the life-saving question
- Myths and facts about suicide
- Suicide Prevention Resources
- AHEC AmeriCorps Members’ experiences at two suicide prevention events in Hartford
The more we can begin to understand, the more able we will be able to assist an individual who is facing a mental health crisis like suicide. Thank you for joining us on our mission to increase awareness and action!
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Looking to get involved in Suicide Prevention Week?
- Join The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) in their observance of Suicide Prevention Week
- Share your story for NAMI’s “NotAlone” Campaign
- Take the StigmaFree Pledge
- Join To Write Love On Her Arms and their “We’ll See You Tomorrow” Campaign
- Fundraise for suicide prevention efforts