Sep 08, 2015 06:07 AM EDT

September Is Suicide Prevention Month: Find Out What Causes People To Take Their Own Lives, What You Can Do To Help


September ushers in the start of the cold season, the countdown to the holidays, reunions and celebrations. But, did you know that it’s also Suicide Prevention Month?

The Weather Space reported September 10 is acknowledged as World Suicide Prevention Day, and September is Suicide Prevention Month.

Recent surveys revealed nearly 90 percent of Americans gave importance equally to physical and mental health.

Dr. Mark Pollack, Grainger professor and president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America as well as chief of the Department of Psychiatry in Rush University Medical Center in Chicago explained that those who suffer from mental illnesses and anxiety disorders are most likely to succumb to suicidal inclinations or even attempt to commit it.

Based on the estimated 50 percent of the individuals who were surveyed have had previous bouts with mental health condition (47 percent), lesser than two out of five have gotten treatment (38 percent).

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported suicide is in the top 10 of the most typical cause of death in the country; notably surpassing homicide or murder which is ranked 16 for the reason of death.

Majority of those who commit suicide are in the age bracket of 15 to 24 years old, as per Modern Readers.

Statistics revealed four males commit suicide for every female, but, females attempt suicide three times as much as males do.

According to Rapid News Network, one of the major causes of suicide is depression, thus, an effective way to combat and prevent suicide is to combine treatment of psychotherapy or talk therapy and antidepressant medications.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has found out that between 20 and 50 percent of people who committed suicide have had past attempts. They discovered that aside from the mentioned psychological disorders and mental and physical illness, a lot of factors can place a person at an increased chance of attempting suicide including substance abuse and familial history of suicide and violence.

In addition, Dr. Pollack stated that vital approaches to interceding and decreasing suicide problems would be recognizing and diagnosing anxiety disorders and depression effectively and then treating it, most especially when a person experiences both mental health condition.

Campaigner Tara Lal, who lost her brother to suicide at a tender age of 19, told The Sun that because of the recent change in lifestyles and advent of technology and social media, the society’s sense of cohesiveness and community has declined, affecting one’s sense of belongingness and therefore feeds the feelings of loneliness and isolation especially to the youth.

Getting involved in voluntary work would greatly help bring back that sense of completeness and would likewise generate a feeling of contentment.

There’s a lot of things that you can do to help prevent suicide. What is important is never losing sight of your faith in Christ and his teachings of doing good to others and fostering healthy relationship.

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