September marks National Suicide Prevention Month. This month allows all mental health advocates, survivors, allies and community members to unite to bring a message of hope to those suffering from mental illness and to remember those we have lost.
Suicidal thoughts, much like any mental health condition, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by over 35% over the last 20 years. Although stories of suicide seem to be more prevalent now, discussing suicide can be seen as uncomfortable or even taboo.
However, research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone directly asks about how they are feeling in a caring manner. When you know someone who is struggling, all it takes is one simple question, “Are you ok?” #Bethe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for this month – a message that should extend beyond September.
If you or someone you know is struggling, the Mental Health Access Center together with Foundation 2 Crisis Counselors are here to help. Walk in hours for the MHAC will increase to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday starting October 4.
For more information about all of our services, visit LinnCounty.org/MHAC or visit Foundation 2’s website Foundation2.org for more Do’s and Don’ts on how to help a suicidal person.