September was Suicide Prevention Month

September was Suicide Prevention Month

Marielle Ambulo, Freshman

Suicide affects hundreds each day. around 800,000 people take their own life every year, and families and friends mourn their loss of a loved one.

Preventing someone from commiting suicide doesn’t just save the person, but influences others around them to seek and help. Being strong can show others that they can also get through their situation and that they are not alone. The National Institute of Health (NIMH) states, “The effects of suicide go beyond the person who acts to take his or her life: it can have a lasting effect on family, friends, and communities.”

Some ways to prevent suicide and help someone is to provide healthy coping methods and reassure them that someone will be there for them. Offering them mental health resources may change their mind and can potentially save them.

Some people who are suicidal are brushed off or deemed as “attention-seekers” but everyone having suicidal thoughts needs to be taken seriously. NIMH explains, “Many people have some of these risk factors but do not attempt suicide. It is important to note that suicide is not a normal response to stress. Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention, and should not be ignored.” It is important to show people that they matter by spreading positivity and pointing to other solutions such as talking to a counselor or seeking professional help.  

There is not always a way for someone to express themselves or share their thoughts easily. Looking at signs such as sudden changes of someone’s mood, appearance and health may let you know if someone is going through a rough patch.

In an article sharing her experience with losing a loved one, Janine Koeneke wrote, “The stigma around mental health issues needs to STOP. Those who struggle need to be able to ask for help without fear of judgement.”

It is never too late to reach out to someone or get help. 1-800-273-8255 – Suicide Prevention Line or Text “CONNECT” to 741741 – Self-Harm Text Line