viernes, 11 de septiembre de 2015

Help and Hope Through Suicide Prevention

Dept. of Health & Human Services
September 10, 2015
By: Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., RN, HHS Acting Deputy Secretary
Suicide claims approximately 800,000 lives across the world each year.  In the United States, more than twice as many people die by suicide than homicide, and more people die by suicide than from automobile accidents.  We should not accept these lives lost to suicide as irreversible facts.
Suicide is a heartbreaking, serious and preventable public health crisis.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and this year’s theme, “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” is a reminder that individuals and communities can make a difference in preventing suicide. Teachers can observe their students’ behavior and seek help when they suspect a student may be at risk of self-harm. Workplace managers can learn the warning signs for suicide and reach out to an employee who may be troubled. Teens can talk to their friends, their parents and other trusted adults, if they think someone they know needs help.
Know when to ask for help. Learning the warning signs of suicide is the first step:
Suicide Warning Signs. These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Suicide is preventable. Call the Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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