September is suicide prevention month and we feel that it is important to join the cause in raising awareness. We would like to share some statistics and symptoms in hopes of minimizing the reach of this tragic epidemic.
Unfortunately, close to 45,000 people commit suicide in the United States each year. This makes it the tenth leading cause of death on record. Suicide is a very sensitive and serious topic, and it can stem from many triggers. Here are some of the leading causes so that you can be more prepared to help those who may be struggling.
There are certain symptoms of suicide that relate quite closely to depressive behavior. You may notice someone demonstrating severe hopelessness or expressing a large amount of pain and discouragement. Many people in this situation will withdraw socially and spend a lot of time alone or even express that they have considered suicide. Whether these signs are frequent or sparse it is important that they are addressed early on so that they do not escalate to an unmanageable level.
Another symptom that has been recognized is severe mood swings. This can come in many forms such as feeling anxious, agitated or even angry. You may notice individuals acting reckless or vengeful; and then swinging back into a calmer more depressed state. These signs of instability can be telling of potential suicidal actions.
Suicide can often come as the result of certain life traumas or losses where a person becomes hopeless and lonely. Painful events such as death and forms of abuse can leave someone feeling completely hopeless. When this goes unrecognized it often consumes them to a point where they see no other way out. We would encourage you to pay close attention to anyone who has just experienced this level of trauma in hopes of discouraging any suicidal outcome.
A sudden increase in any substance abuse can sometimes be a sign of suicide. Depending on other factors, it is possible that someone may turn to drugs and alcohol as a way of muting underlying pain or stress in hopes of eliminating it. This is an extremely unhealthy tactic that can often end up back-firing. If you notice someone abusing substances it is important that you recommend treatment as soon as possible.
Last, but not least, we would like to raise a red flag about bullying. Unfortunately, due to the increase in internet activity, bullying has become one of the leading causes in suicide for children and teenagers. Cruelty can be found both on and offline, and it is important that you are constantly monitoring your friends and family members to ensure that nothing abnormal is occurring. Be sure to have an open line of communication with them and monitor their online usage as closely as you can to help discourage this a suicidal response.
The above symptoms and triggers are all issues that we here at Cornerstone Counseling are trained in addressing. When treated at their onset, the outcome is likely to be a positive one. However, when they go untreated or ignored, suicide may become an option. We would encourage you to take action before it escalates to a more serious level.
Give us a call today to set up an appointment or learn more @ 513-889-5880.
And for urgent concerns that you or someone you know may be considering suicide, please dial this 24 emergency Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255