September 10th is Suicide Prevention Day, a day when we discuss the causes of suicide, its warning signs, and how we work together to #StopSuicide.
In the United States, suicide is an enormous issue: the 10th leading cause of death, totaling 42,773 lives lost a year. And for every one person who commits suicide, there are 25 people who attempt. That's an eye-opening statistic with a human cost.
Fortunately, this is a problem that can be remedied. There is much you can do to educate yourself and others, many ways you can help prevent suicide.
- Learn the warning signs
- Donate to help fund research, education programs, and support groups.
- Volunteer at a local crisis center
- Advocate for policy changes in Washington, D.C.
Together, we can help reach the goal set by the AFSP, to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2020.
If you, yourself, are in crisis, don't be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone. Talk to someone you trust about what you're going through or call Lifeline, the national suicide hotline @ 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There will always be someone to answer the call, 27/4.