In Tennessee #suicide continues to be a leading cause of death.
In 2017, the most recent reporting year, 1,163 #suicides were recorded, according to the state’s Department of #MentalHealth. Of this total 75 youths between the ages of 10 and 19 took their own lives by self inflicting acts.
The threat of #suicide is just as prevalent here as it is in any of the state’s other 94 counties.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from #suicide.
#Suicide represents a final act for someone who is severely depressed and finds their place in life to be so desperate that they consider they are in a box-like prison where there is no escape from the despair they are suffering.
#Mentalhealthprofessionals explain that, while it may be difficult for many to understand, a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option.
Victims of #suicide are desperate to escape the suffering that has become unbearable. Their feelings of hopelessness and isolation lead them to believe that there is no other way of finding relief except by taking their own life.
Even though most want the pain they are suffering to stop, professional counselors say they are still conflicted about committing #suicide. They want a way out other than death, but can’t seem to find it.
In order to help prevent #suicides #mentalhealth organizations encourage individuals to be aware of signs or signals that someone might be considering taking their own life and to get help for them immediately.
Foremost warning signs include someone talking about killing or harming oneself; talking or writing about death; and seeking out materials, weapons or drugs that could be used in an attempted #suicide.
These warning signs can be even more dangerous if a person has a mood disorder such as #depression or bipolar disorder, suffers from alcohol dependence, has previously attempted #suicide, or has a family history of #suicide.
A more subtle but equally dangerous warning sign of #suicide is hopelessness. Studies have found that hopelessness is a strong predictor of #suicide. People who feel hopeless may talk about “unbearable” feelings, predict a bleak future, and state that they have nothing for which to look forward.
Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.
Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.
Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space. #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle
Other warning signs that point to possibly a consideration of #suicide include dramatic mood swings or sudden personality changes, such as switching from outgoing to withdrawn or well-behaved to rebellious. A suicidal person may also lose interest in day-to-day activities, neglect his or her appearance, withdraw from friends and family, and show big changes in eating or sleeping habits.
Volunteer Behavioral Health, a nonprofit providing #mentalhealthservices in 31 Tennessee counties including here in through Hiwasssee Mental Health, has professional counselors on staff and available to provide assistance to those who may be contemplating harming themselves or for others including family members, friends, teachers, workplace associates, and clergy, who may recognize or believe someone they know is in danger of falling victim to #suicide.
• A 24 hour, 7-day a week Crisis Call Line is available toll free for assistance. The number to call is 800-704-2651.
• Volunteer Behavioral Health urges if someone detects some of the warning signs cited or suspects someone is considering a suicidal act to seek help immediately.