September is #NationalSuicidePreventionMonth in the U.S. I think every month should be so designated.
This past year nearly 800 000 people worldwide died by their own hand. This included virtually every country, culture and age group on the planet.
The telephone exchanges 911, 999, 112 and 000 are well known emergency call numbers in the US Canada, Mexico and the Philippines; the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong; the EU; and Australia respectively. Soon there may be a specialized three-digit number for people in the US who are contemplating suicide: 988
In 1967, a young Hungarian refugee sent to live in Britain planned on ending his life. “At 16 I was a very depressed adolescent, I had suicidal ideation, I had suicidal plans.”
Studies have shown that nearly half of people who die by suicide visited their primary health care provider in the month before their death. Routine screening for depression can uncover suicidal thoughts, but clearly that’s not effective enough…
In a sobering essay in a recent New York Times, staff writer David Brooks lays out a strategy for helping prevent the ever-increasing number of suicides in the United States.