September is Suicide Prevention Month - silence hurts us all

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Remember that "silence hurts us all" as September unfolds. The official Suicide Prevention Month, September reminds us of this pervading symptom of so many mental health issues and the trauma it brings when it manifests. Trauma that affects not only the person suffering, but their family, friends, and loved ones.

Most attempts at suicide are calls for help and a wish for an end to suffering rather than attempts to end one's life. When suicidal behaviors are detected early and intervention is had, lives are saved.

The National Institute of Mental Health notes that more than 90 percent of those who die by suicide had experienced depression, other mental disorders or a substance-abuse disorder.

Other suicide risk factors include prior suicide attempts, family history of mental disorder, family violence, incarceration and exposure to suicidal behavior.

 
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