To The Herald-Whig:
Over 42,000 Americans commit suicide each year. That translates to an average of one death every 12.3 minutes.
It is important to know what you can do to reduce the risk of someone taking their own life, including being aware and then taking action.
It can be scary when you learn that a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide. For people with depression and suicidal thoughts, asking for help is not easy. If someone comes to you asking for help, the most important thing you can do is to listen and encourage them to seek help.
Each of us needs to become aware of the risk factors and warning signs that can lead to suicide. We need to realize the importance of having a caring conversation and to share information about help being available.
Suicide prevention is everyone's business. Life is precious and sometimes precarious. Taking a minute to reach out to someone can change the course of their life.
Remember, you can save a life. Help is just a phone call away through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK (8255). Information is also available to young people and to adults at the Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition website, acsuicideprevention.org. The coalition's information can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. Knowledge is power.
Blessing Behavioral Health Center