Recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day

On September 10th, we recognize World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide may seem like a distant problem and something that we don’t really need to worry about. But in reality, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in the United States, and the second leading cause of death among people ranging from 15-29 years of age. Forty-eight thousand, three hundred and forty-four Americans commit suicide per year, and eight hundred thousand people commit suicide worldwide, which is a suicide death every 40 seconds.

According to the American Journal of Public Health, social media is one leading factor in the causes of suicide. Teenagers are constantly comparing and critiquing themselves on things they can not control, leaving themselves feeling empty and hopeless. Teenagers on average spend seven hours a day on their phones, absorbing all of the toxic beauty standards and unrealistic “body goals.”

They have an unlimited amount of information right at their fingertips. It’s easy for youth to take in all of the negativity that floats around on the web and make it personal. Reducing media intake can increase your mental health having a positive effect on behavior, outward appearance and decision making.

We may think that the only threat of COVID-19 is the virus itself, but it has drastically contributed to the suicide rates for 2020. It greatly affects those with pre-existing anxiety and depression. Isolation from other people and restrictions on normality has a toll. The stress and overall fright of catching the virus, has swept the nation and caused many to fall into a dark place.

Nothing about suicide is a joking matter even though it may seem trendy to make light of the conversation. You never know who is listening and what they may be going through. So it is important to take this topic seriously. It may feel uncomfortable to address suicide. But giving someone an opportunity to talk about how they are feeling is one of the best ways to help someone.

Doing something as easy as calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255, going to their website for a live chat with a professional, or calling a friend or family member can save a life. Always offer love and support to those around you, and never be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Visit this link to see other ways you can make a difference.

Check out the FHS “Falcon Flyer”, pg 10-11 for more information on suicide prevention.

FHS Guidance counselors email addresses:

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