The recent spate of celebrity suicides – Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Robin Williams – is the tip of a very large iceberg, according to data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which found that in 2014, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
Today has been designated World Suicide Prevention Day, an opportunity for mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members to help raise awareness about how to help people are at risk.
How can you help?
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline points to research showing that people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks them about their feelings in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.
Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful by after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.
A number to call
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Call 1-800-273-8255.
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