September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, more than 800,000 people die every year by suicide. In the United States, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death, and on average, one suicide every 11.9 minutes.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, is hosting World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2017. Suicide Prevention Week is September 10th through September 16th. This year’s theme is “Take a Minute, Change a Life”, and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.
Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don't need to be an expert - just a great friend and a good listener. If you know of someone who has had suicidal thoughts, connect with them immediately and start a conversation. (Are you OK? is a great way to start!) If you or a loved one needs immediate assistance, call 911. The National suicide Prevention Lifeline number is: 1-800-273-TALK. In addition, the Stickney Public Health District’s Behavioral Health Division staff members are available to address your questions and concerns. We can be reached at (708)237-8918.
Please join the Behavioral Health Division, Stickney Public Health District, in supporting National Suicide Prevention week. We will be at the Farmer’s Market located at 5635 State Road in Burbank on Wednesday, September 13th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Stop by for additional resources and free merchandise!
Problems in your marriage or primary intimate relationship can be extremely stressful.
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The Behavioral Health Division is an ally of LGBTQ-identified individuals (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning).
In one national survey, LGBT adults reported higher rates of discrimination compared to heterosexuals. This is one of the most understood causes of minority stress. The level of victimization and discrimination impacts both mental and physical health.
For example, one study showed an increased suicide risk, and another showed higher risks for some types of cancer.
LGBTQ youth are also exposed to many minority stressors, such as harassment and discrimination. The result is a strong risk factor for suicide and suicide attempts. Studies have found high rates of victimization among LGBTQ youth. In one nationwide survey, 84.6 percent of LGBTQ youth reported verbal harassment and 40 percent reported physical harassment. This can result in an increase in mental health problems.
Combating homophobic attitudes is the key to protecting LGBTQ youth. In addition, studies have also concluded that family acceptance, caring adults, and school safety promote health and well-being of LGBTQ youth.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Behavioral Health Division at (708)237-8918 for further information.