September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month so Grief Therapist, Georgena Eggleston, stopped by to share important information about how to spot warning signs and how to talk with someone at risk.

  • According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Death by Suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined.
  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 15 and 64 years in the United States. Currently it is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans and has been among the top 12 leading causes of death since 1975 in the United States.
  • 90% of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • There are 3.5 male suicides for every female suicide, but three times as many females as males attempt suicide.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds.

What can we do?

Take part in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Portland on October 7, 2017. For more information, click here.

Take a Minute, Change a Life’ is the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. These words (Take a Minute Change a Life) are at the heart of suicide prevention and complement the efforts of our friends on R U OK? Day -- on September 14th -- to take time to notice what’s going on with your family, friends and colleagues – and yourself. It is about taking time to have have those conversations when you notice something has changed and equipping yourself to help yourself and others.

Here are helpful resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Columbia Light House Project and the C-SSRS- Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale -- 3 to 6 questions to ask if someone is contemplating/planning death by suicide.