Sharon Beeman is a certified Suicide Prevention Educator and a certified Sexual Assault Advocate.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which includes National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, September 6-12, and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. Using social media, our website, and webinars/Facebook Live events, FSC will raise awareness about suicide prevention, reduce stigma around the topic and encourage those in need to utilize available resources.
Suicide is a sad reality and the numbers are heartbreaking. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
- Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 47,000 people.
- Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
- In Alabama, on average, one person dies by suicide every 11 hours
While there is no single cause of suicide, there are various factors that can increase a person’s risk for considering and attempting suicide. Experiencing domestic violence, both as a child and later in life, is one of those factors.
- Domestic violence is a factor in up to one-quarter of female suicide attempts.1
- Female victims of domestic violence have seven times the risk for suicide compared with the general population.2
- Fifty percent of battered women who attempt suicide undertake subsequent attempts. 3
So, what can you do; how can you find more information?
Join us for our Facebook live events this month.:
- Friday, September 4 @ noon – Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business: During that session, I will discuss suicide, the need for prevention, what I do every day in suicide prevention, and share the monthly events FSC has planned.
- Friday, September 11 @ noon – The Facts about Suicide: Suicide is more than the statistics. This session will cover how to see the warning signs of suicide, risk factors, and how to help someone in emotional pain.
- Monday, September 14 @ 10 am – Talk about Suicide – Monique Davis: Monique Davis, founder of the Jamari Terrell Williams foundation, talk about life after her son Jamari’s suicide and offer help to parents whose children may be experiencing bullying. Jamari Williams was a gifted dancer, honor roll student, and active member of his church. He was also the target of bullying.
- Friday, September 18 @ 10 am – Talk about Suicide – Tonda West: Tonda West is a licensed therapist and owner of Kairos Adolescent and Children Counseling service. She will share from her experience counseling suicidal adolescents and children.
Join us Thursday, September 10th at 8pm light a candle near your window to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.
Follow us on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube) as we share statistics, warning signs of suicide, and community resources. Share these posts on your social media channels.
Suicide prevention month is focused on just that, prevention. We can all work together to prevent suicide. Know the warning signs and then look out for your friends, family, and coworkers. Notice someone acting different or appear to be very sad? Have a conversation with them. Check in. There are resources available that can help if you or a loved one is struggling. Together, we can work to save lives and stop suicide.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression, please call 1.800.273.8255 or text HOME to 741741.