Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Delvena Thomas

Why?

Suicide is a tragic event where the person committing the act is often stuck in a cloud of stress that narrows all of their options down to one, death. Friends and family, without exception, all ask one question: “why?”

The 6 most common reasons behind suicide are:

  • Depression: The belief that escape from the current situation is hopeless.
  • Psychotic/Schizophrenic: Malevolent inner voices often command self-destruction for unintelligible reasons.
  • Impulsive: Drugs and alcohol induces impulsiveness in some people to the point of suicide.
  • Cry for Help: These people don’t usually want to die but do want to alert those around them that something is seriously wrong.
  • Philosophical desire: They often look at their choice to commit suicide as a way to shorten a dying that will happen regardless
  • Accidentally: This is a recent, tragic phenomenon in which typically young people flirt with oxygen deprivation for the high it brings and simply go too far.

The CDC reports the suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 105 Americans die by suicide every day, therefore averaging about 1 death by suicide every 13 minutes.

In lieu of these staggering statistics, mental health professionals worldwide agree that treating underlying mental disorders and assessing suicide risk are both vital elements in preventing suicide deaths.

Therefore, The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) has set September to be National Suicide Awareness Month (#BeThe1To). Visit http://www.save.org/ for more information about suicide prevention and support.

If you know or see anyone with suicidal intentions please reach out or direct them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

Delvena Thomas

About Delvena Thomas

Dr. Delvena R. Thomas was trained in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore (MD). She is a board-certified psychiatrist who maintains a private practice in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and forensic psychiatry. She serves as a voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, as well as a consulting psychiatrist at Cleveland Clinic–Florida.

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