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Sep 15, 2016

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how one can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background.

PORTLAND (September 2016) – September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how one can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate the presence of serious issues. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in the dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide.

 

Know the crisis number for help 24/7/365 at The Opportunity Alliance: 1-888-568-1112

 

Know the warning signs and risk of suicide:

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous;

  • Increased alcohol and drug use;

  • Aggressive behavior;

  • Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community;

  • Dramatic mood swings;

  • Talking, writing or thinking about death;

  • Impulsive or reckless behavior;

 

For more information on crisis prevention and intervention programming at The Opportunity Alliance, please contact Jim Gemmell: (207) 523-5014, jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org.

 

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