September 7, 2014
By: Staci Lee Schnell, M.S., C.S., LMFT
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th. About 3000 people commit suicide every day, according to World Health Organization (WHO) and approximately 60,000 more actually attempt suicide daily. Roughly one million people die by committing suicide each and every year.
Unfortunately, it usually takes a tragedy to open our eyes to an important subject; for example the recent tragedy of the suicide and loss of icon Robin Williams. Perhaps his tragic death will enhance suicide awareness and prevent future losses. Suicide is the one major preventable cause of premature death today. Knowing the risk factors of suicide and understanding warning signs can help reduce suicide rates.
Risk Factors for Suicide include:
Warning Signs of Suicide include:
If you suspect someone is a risk for suicide, take it seriously. Do not leave the person alone, and remove all access to drugs and weapons. Seek immediate professional help. Appropriate mental health treatments such as talk therapy and medications can be extremely helpful, fairly quickly.