It's estimated that every day, around 123 people lose their life by suicide worldwide. That means that every 40 seconds, someone somewhere decides that life is no longer worth living. Suicide is a global problem, and it touches all of us in one way or another. Whether we have lost someone to suicide, know someone who has attempted suicide, or have ourselves struggled with suicidal thoughts, the issue is relevant to us all.
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day when we come together to remember those we have lost and to raise awareness about this preventable tragedy. Many people who die by suicide do not want to die but are desperate and feel they have no other way out. Those who die by suicide often show some warning signs before they take their own life. It is important to keep an eye out for these warning signs and seek help before reaching the point where suicide seems like the only option. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please know that help is available.
Through Indian Health Care Resource Center’s Behavioral Health Program, we can provide you with confidential counseling and the support you need. By utilizing cognitive and behavioral therapies, coping skills can be developed to help deal with mental illness. Family therapies and therapies for trauma are also offered to help support you in your times of trouble.
If you need immediate assistance, please call 988. When you have a police, fire, or rescue emergency you call 911. When you have a mental health emergency, you call/text 988. By reaching out for help, you can begin the journey to recovery and hope.