It is Suicide Prevention Week and while conversations about mental health have become easier to talk about recently, suicide remains a frightening topic for many.
N3 asked the folks from Newaygo County Mental Health to provide us with warning signs and a few guidelines on intervention strategies.
In Michigan, a person dies by suicide every six hours. That is 4 people a day! Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Michigan. In 2017, more than 4 times as many people died by suicide in Michigan than by alcohol –related motor vehicle accidents.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Help is available for anyone considering suicide. We can all help prevent suicide. Friends and family members need to be aware of the warning signs and risk factors, and then know how to access help. According to the Suicide prevention hotline, below are the risk factors that make it more likely someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. Friends and family cannot cause or predict a suicide attempt but they should be aware of the following:
There are also warning signs to be aware of. These include:
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, taking these 5 action steps can help someone in emotional pain.
Suicide awareness prevention is something that everyone should be aware of. It is possible to save a life by being aware of warning signs for your friends and family members.
It is also important that if you see any of these signs in yourself, please call for help, or talk to a trusted friend or advisor.