National Suicide Prevention Week – September 10-16 2017

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website,

“There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.”

A change in behavior and/or the presence of entirely new behaviors is a key indicator that a person could be in trouble.  This is of particular concern when the new behaviors are related to loss, change, or a painful event.  Look for the warning signs – Make a difference.