With September being National Suicide Prevention month, I thought we should end it with some helpful information to bring more awareness to this cause.
- According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
- The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that major depression disorder (clinical depression) affects more than 16.1 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
- In the United States, only 41 percent of the people who had a mental disorder in the past year received professional health care or other services, according to mentalhealthfirstaid.org.
I’ve had some personal experience with friends who were suicidal. By helping them with their situations I have learned a few things. One of the most important things you can do is to simply listen. I believe that’s the most crucial step when trying to help a loved one. As said by alternative medicine author Rachel Naomi Remen, “The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”
Though I believe listening and talking to a friend or family member can help them cope with their emotions, I know how hard or stressful that could be. There are other resources out there, like the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, that can guide you to healing and coping.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline : 1-800-273-8255
Remember that if you’re not feeling good about your situation, you’re not alone. You are very capable of overcoming this and there are resources everywhere to help you achieve that.
By Amaris Edwards, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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