October 10, is World Mental Health Day. A day dedicated to raising awareness and improving the mental well-being of people around the world. Hence, the theme for this year to Prevent Suicide
. According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) 2019 statistics,
people die by suicide annually. That is representing 1 person every 40 seconds
. Suicide doesn’t discriminate, people of all ages, ethnicities around the world are prone to suicide. However, it is important to know that suicides are preventable.
Who are at Risk of Suicide? Those with:
- Family history of suicide
- Mental health difficulties
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Prior history of suicide attempts
- Chronic pain
What are the warning signs of suicide?
- Talking about ending one’s life.
- Extreme shame or guilt.
- Seem anxious or agitated.
- A recent change of behavior.
What can you do to Prevent Suicide?
- Ask about how they are feeling
- Keep them away from lethal means
- Be there for them, listen and empathize with them
- Help them connect with the ones who care for them
- Educate them regarding suicide prevention lines
- Stay connected with the at-risk person, regularly check up on them
What are the available treatments to prevent suicide ?
- Brief interventions: Safety planning and follow-up phone calls.
- For immediate help, contact mental health professionals who can provide assistance with crisis management.
- It is common that suicide thoughts are caused by deeper underlying psychological issues like depression, anxiety or low self/esteem. If this is the case, so long term therapy with mental health professionals should be sought out after crisis management is completed.
- Collaborative care
So, Let’s work together to save someone’s life. Let them know that you care and take a step forward to end the stigma!