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September is Suicide Prevention Month

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Just Care Family Network (JCFN) joins Shelby County in observance of National Suicide Prevention Month in September to provide individuals, families, professionals, and organizations with resources to implement suicide prevention programs in their communities.

 

Suicide is a major public health problem. In fact, it is a leading cause of violent death in the United States; accounting for over 38,000 deaths in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

 

Use National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8-14, to recognize suicide as a preventable public health problem. Light a Candle near a window on Tuesday, September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.

 

Each of us is in a unique position to recognize family, friends, and co-workers who are at risk for suicide and to take action to get them the help they need.

 

Recognize some of the common warning signs:

 

•           Depression, feelings of hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts

 

•           Impulsiveness, extreme anxiety, agitation, irritability, or risky behavior

 

•           Withdrawal from others; giving away treasured belongings

 

•           Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed

 

•           Abuse of alcohol, drugs, or other substances

 

Remember, if you are concerned about a co-worker, friend, or a family member, and you think they may be considering suicide, you can ACT to prevent suicide.

 

A – Ask the question – "Are you thinking of killing yourself?"

 

C – Care– Listen with compassion and voice your concern.

 

T – Take action – Seek professional help.

 

If you, or someone you know, are thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK. For more suicide prevention resources visit SAMHSA at http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx

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