April is Suicide Awareness Month

April 12, 2013

One of the goals at Minnesota Valley Health Center is to help educate the public about the statistics and warning signs of suicide. Some may find it hard to believe, but suicide is the second leading cause of death in young adults and the third leading cause of death in youth. According to the National Centers for Disease Control, among 15-24-year olds, suicide accounts for 20% of all deaths annually. The statistics are alarming and communities across the nation are pulling together to find solutions.

It's important to understand that depression often accompanies suicidal thoughts. Depression is a treatable medical condition. Signs of depression include:

  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings.

Seek medical help for depression. The underlying truth is that individuals don't want to end their life - they want to end their pain. Anyone who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very, very seriously. 

Warning signs that someone is at risk for suicide include:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden for others
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Increasing use of drugs or alcohol
  • Sleeping too little or too much

Don't hesitate to seek help through a local Emergency Room or through a community crisis center.  A free and confidential Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8275.

Or click here for more information and resources: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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