More than 44,000 Americans die by suicide every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Suicide is a devastating blow to friends and family members, who often were unaware of the signs and symptoms that their loved one was thinking about suicide,” said Starting Point CEO Dr. Laureen Pagel. “We feel it is very important to raise the awareness of this issue in our community, and provide helpful information and services to those at risk, or who are survivors of suicide.”
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, and Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is focusing on this important and emotional subject all month long, including on September 10, which is designated World Suicide Prevention Day. From social media posts to virtual programs on the topic, Starting Point is working to share information with the community and provide tips on suicide prevention to #StopSuicide.
On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Noon, Starting Point will present a virtual program on Zoom titled “Suicide is Preventable: Be the 1 to Help.” The free session is part of its ongoing series called Being Well, Starting Now, a discussion group open to anyone. Registration for the program is at www.SPBH.org.
On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Starting Point has a month-long campaign in September to talk about the subject that is often only whispered about. Additional resources are available on the website at www.SPBH.org.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK). If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, contact Starting Point 24/7 at 904-206-1756 (adults) or 904-580-0529 (child/adolescent).
Suicide Warning Signs
You should reach out for professional help if you or someone you know is showing any of the following warning signs:
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Giving away prized possessions
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
- Exhibiting daring or risk-taking behaviors
- Showing lack of interest in future plans