Sep 20, 2019
September is Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide rates continue to rise each year yet, sadly, the stigma associated with Suicide remains. While all Suicides are tragic, serious, and difficult subject matter, it should not keep us from discussing it as a community. Our society has a habit of focusing on the shock factor. The shock makes one ask, “How could they do this?” rather than seeking education on what can be done to help someone suffering from mental illness.
Here are some signs to look for:
No one chooses to suffer from mental illness. The people who experience these extreme emotions which lead them to kill themselves most commonly have experienced some sort of unresolved trauma in their lives. Unfortunately, for friends and family members those traumas are not usually shared with anyone else.
So, how do we help someone who won’t ask for help?
Losing a loved one is always a difficult moment, but it becomes more complex when Suicide is involved.
There are those who choose to use their pain to help shine light on the issue in an effort to prevent any
other families or friends from this type of experience. Keep talking about the issue. Educate your
children on the matter and encourage them to always seek help if they experience suicidal thoughts.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is effective in helping those with suicidal thoughts. Other therapies
which are trauma-focused have been shown to be effective and can be discussed with a trained
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please seek help. Call
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at anytime at 1-800-273-8255, or call to schedule an
appointment with a therapist at 210-614-4190
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