National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5th through the 11th.

As a psychiatric office, our suicide prevention is yearly.  
Earlier this year the Center for Disease Control reported some unfortunate news, the rates of suicide are continuing to climb despite interventions for brain illness. Many compounding factors influenced these numbers the CDC reported, but regardless, we are not winning the war on suicide.  

Suicide is a result of feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness. Sometimes the act of suicide has been planned, and at other times it is an impulsive act to end the immediate feelings.  

Most of the times there are signs before the suicide:  a depressed mood, isolation, negative self talk, patterns of heavy alcohol or drug use, a recent loss of an important relationship, or an overwhelming consequence that seems insurmountable.  

If you are worried about someone, if you think they will hurt themselves, get them help.  Trust your senses, and ask them.  You will not make them suicidal by asking and you may open the conversation for them to talk to you.  If they are suicidal, get them help, call 911, call the crisis line 615-244-7444, or call the National suicide prevention line, 1-800-273-8255

Suicide is devastating.  Do your part to reduce suicide; try to prevent it.  

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