Suicide prevention in the modern world comes with a set of new challenges. We live in a world with instant access to so much information, possibly more information than has ever been available to us before in the history of the world. We can essentially learn anything we want to online, either through a laptop or our personal phones; our ability to learn is essentially limitless.
However, with this capability comes the potential to get overwhelmed by negativity. The use of of social media has significantly increased the occurrences of mental health trauma, and we are bombarded by the most attention-grabbing news, therefore the most negative and depressing stories available locally and from around the world.
SUICIDE ON THE RISE
Suicidal behavior, thoughts and ideations has continued to rise in many segments of the population – statistics from the year 2013 released by the CDC shows that there was 113 suicides each day, or one every 13 minutes. This is difficult to ignore, and while being exposed to negativity in the realm of social media and in traditional media is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to suicidal behavior, the reality is that suicide and depression is a continually growing problem that the United States is facing each year.
EFFECTS MORE THAN ONE
Suicide prevention has become more important than ever, and regardless of who you are, where you have come from, what you have accomplished in life and your current status, it can affect every single one of us.
This is why it is important that you can recognize and identify the symptoms and warning signs that come along with someone who is suffering from suicidal ideations or behavior, or even being able to maintain awareness of yourself.
Don’t Wait. Call NOW if you need help!
To begin with, if you are having serious thoughts regarding suicide, please immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right away at 1-800-273-8255. They are available to speak with you immediately, and talk you through your thoughts and make recommendations based on your current situation and mental health status.
In addition, you may also see these signs:
- Withdrawal, which can look like a withdrawal of normal social relations with family, friends, relatives, co-workers and others.
- Long periods of sadness, which can look like excessive moodiness or sustained depressive feelings.
- Problems can occur with sleeping, such as either needing far too much sleep or not getting enough sleep from restlessness, fear and anxiety.
- Experiencing reckless behavior, such as dangerous physical risks, engaging in risky sexual behavior and other types of behavior that can cause significant harm.
- Talking about suicide – this would be when you vocalize the ideas of suicide to someone else, either a close friend or relative; it could even be a relative stranger.
- A change in one’s personality and their personal appearance.
We’re Here To Help
No matter who you are and how far you have come, we all need help when facing suicidal behavior. It is not always simple or easy to admit that you may possibly need help beating back this foe; but with the encouragement of friends or family, as well as a trusted facility such as Clear View BH, one is able to do everything possible to help eradicate these feelings.
For more information, or to schedule a completely free and confidential evaluation, simply call us 24/7, 365 days a year at 970-461-5061.