This is a tough topic to discuss and harder than tossing up blogs in the evening after work. Our community has an epidemic hitting our community with almost every high school losing a student within the last twelve months. But, it isn’t limited to our community, as one of my patients, mentioned that her 21 year old son is getting facial reconstructive surgery after a failed attempt.
So, what to discuss. It is a huge topic, that cannot be discussed in 1-3 paragraphs.
Here is some general info for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) launched the Lifeline on January 1, 2005.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is independently evaluated by a federally-funded investigation team from Columbia University’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. The Lifeline receives ongoing consultation and guidance from national suicide prevention experts, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders through the Lifeline’s Steering Committee, Consumer/Survivor Committee, and Standards, Training and Practices Committee.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all, including innovative public messaging, best practices in mental health, and cutting-edge partnerships.
They even provide assistance to the hearing impaired.
This is the number for help. Share this blog, repost it and get the word out. It is painful to hear another student has been lost, with resources being available to these people going through individual pain.