Mental Health Series: World Suicide Prevention Day
There is no archetype of clinical depression; people of varying ages and histories grapple with suicidal thoughts daily. The CDC reported 41,149 suicides in 2013, and nearly 500,000 people were admitted into hospitals with self-inflicted injuries in the same year.
Suicide prevention hinges on taking action – for yourself, for your loved ones, and even for strangers. If you or someone you know wants to take their life, support is out there. In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 on September 10th, Simplefill explores how we can cultivate a more supportive community for those suicidal thoughts.
Suicide Warning Signs
Most victims of suicide exhibit warnings before taking action. The following are a selection of the most common suicidal indicators, but it’s important to remember that every patient acts differently. They include:
- Extreme mood swings
- Withdrawn, isolated behavior
- Expressing a desire to end one’s life
- Substance abuse
- Feelings of hopelessness
We can prevent suicide, but we can’t do it alone. If you or a loved one is exhibiting suicidal behavior, there are a few important steps you can take:
- Call the Suicide Prevention LifelineSometimes, you need help to decide to continue your life. If you are in need of help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You’ll have 24/7 access to a trained, empathetic counselor who is here to help.The Lifeline is here for you whenever you’re in a crisis. Whether you’re feeling like you want to end your life or just feel lost and overwhelmed, you will always have a skilled person to talk to you on the other line.
- Access Depression Medication
Clinical depression is a mental illness. Like any illness, medication can be an important and effective way to cope each day. If you’re struggling with depression, speak with a doctor to explore what antidepressant medication makes the most sense for you. Simplefill offers medication assistance to provide access to the prescriptions you need to continue living life to the fullest.
Depression is one of the most serious mental health disorders, but it’s also one of the most prevalent. Every life is worth living. With an empathetic and supportive community, we can reach out and save lives.