September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
We use this month to raise awareness, reach out to those affected by suicide and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to appropriate treatment services.
This is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly stigmatized topic. It is important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. The feelings of shame and stigma associated with suicide may prevent people from talking openly. However, it is essential to note that having suicidal thoughts does not mean someone is weak or flawed.
While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth of the matter is we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide. Just one conversation can change a life.
The following provides various data and information about the statistics, warning signs, risk factors, and prevention tips for suicide. It also includes various crisis resources to utilize if needed.
Parents go back to school, like their children.
Parents have to reorganize the house, buy school supplies, buy clothes and uniforms for the kids, buy sport equipment, reorganize schedules, make doctor’s appointments, etc.
Parents have to arrange carpools, take kids to sports practices, games, tutors, homework, bedtimes.
Parents have their own jobs, the house, as well as the children to manage. This can be overwhelming and stressful. And we tend to take care of everyone else first.
If we experience an actual physical threat (such as a near car accident) our body reacts instantly with an alarm system. Our Sympathetic Nervous System causes us to breathe faster, our heart rate increases, we sweat, our blood pressure increases. This is a natural bodily reaction and does not harm us. We call this a “fight-flight reaction.” However, sometimes there is no actual physical threat but our belief that something dangerous is about to occur.
It’s a common scene at my house: I’m washing dishes, the baby starts to cry, the 2-year-old drops her milk, and the dog barks to go out. My thoughts can read something like this: “I just wanted to get this one thing done! Where is my husband? Are the kids and the dog conspiring against me?” Or, I can pause. Take a breath. Recognize my options for responding to the scene, and acknowledge that I can only do one thing at a time. “The dog has to go out. The baby needs to be picked up…so does the milk. Right now, I am washing this dish.”