For the month of September, Key Point Health Services is uniting with mental health advocates, survivors, and the community to spread suicide prevention awareness. Suicidal thoughts can affect individuals from all walks of life, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, and ages. Suicide does not discriminate and is often considered to be caused by underlying mental health disorders. According to death certificate information compiled by the Center for Disease Control in 2019, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for individuals between 10 to 34 years old. An essential component of spreading suicide prevention awareness is through the destigmatization of receiving mental health treatment. By shifting the public perception that suicide is a taboo topic to discuss, we can raise suicide prevention awareness and ignite hope in individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts to seek out mental health services.

Suicide Prevention Awareness and Risk Factors 

While there’s no singular direct cause of suicide, common mental health conditions are associated with an increased risk of suicide. Select studies suggest that psychiatric diseases like depression, psychosis, and substance use disorders are often comorbid with suicide attempts. Through mental health screenings and subsequent treatment, evidence indicates that symptoms associated with mental health disorders may decrease. Additionally, the risk for suicide may be lowered when receiving treatment for mental health disorders. 

Warning Signs of Suicide 

If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it’s critical to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide professional help for individuals in crisis. A few warning signs for suicide include talking about wanting to die, threats for self-harm, increased usage of drugs or alcohol, mood swings, or talking about wanting to kill oneself. For individuals in immediate danger, it’s essential to call 911 to receive professional intervention.

Get Involved and Make a Difference

You can make a difference within your community to increase suicide prevention awareness in many ways. For example, you could volunteer to be a Field Advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, openly discuss mental health struggles on social media to reduce the stigma, or even become a counselor who advocates on behalf of your patients. By getting involved and making a difference in your community, you can contribute to suicide prevention awareness in an impactful way. 

Key Point Health Services Provides Mental Health Services

Key Point Health Services provides mental health services that can improve your quality of life. We’ve provided personalized care since 1982 with convenient locations throughout Baltimore, Harford, and Cecil regions. We offer inpatient and outpatient services for men and women living with mental health disorders. Our programs include Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Residential Programs for adults looking to progress their lives forward through their mental health struggles. Contact us today to inquire about our complete list of mental health services available.