Suicide prevention and awareness is an important topic that carries discomfort and stigma. As of 2020, suicide was the 12th leading cause of death in the United States and it is becoming more widespread. These statistics do not include people who had suicidal thoughts, identified a plan of action, or attempted suicide. Suicide is often preventable. In this post, there will be information on suicide myths, tips on how to cope with suicidal thoughts, and how to respond when someone you care about is experiencing suicidal thoughts. As they say in sports, the best defense is a good offense. While it is uncomfortable at times to talk about suicidal thoughts, knowing how to prevent, respond, and avoid a recurrence of suicidal thoughts/behaviors is so important.
If you are experiencing thoughts of hopelessness and/or suicide, ask for help via crisis hotline, health care provider, or hospital. Having suicidal thoughts does not result in automatic psychiatric hospitalization; all professional services are intended to offer help, keep you safe, and avoid a disastrous and potentially permanent outcome.
For more information on why these myths are false, visit:
Actions to Take When Someone You Know Is Suicidal
(Nicholas, Pirkis, and Reavley, 2020)
Thank you for reading this important post! If you have suicidal thoughts or if someone you care for is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please speak up and find help! Suicide is preventable and is not the only solution to the problems you are facing.
Until next time, take care and be well !
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