The suicide rate is 42 percent higher than the national average where I live. That is alarming. The rates have been climbing over the past two years. Something needs to be done. The good news? You don't have to be a mental health professional to make a difference. The key to preventing suicides is listening to those around you. Many who are thinking of ending their own life feel things are hopeless and can't seem to find any way to make things better. They feel misunderstood by others. Often, those closest to them are not aware of the intensity of their pain. Be willing to listen to those around you and look for the signs of depression and suicide.
How much do you know about suicide? Take this quiz.
It's important for people to grasp the scope of the problem and the burden of suffering from suicide around the world. Here is an interactive quiz drawn from a publication by the World Health Organization.
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Do some research. Take a suicide awareness and prevention class. A simple and evidence-based intervention model is QPR. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer and is an effective intervention protocol. It is to suicide intervention and prevention as CPR is to cardiac event bystander rescue. You can find out more here on this website. Or you can check out QPR Institute for online training. Contact us to schedule a training at your site or in your community.
Learn the signs and symptoms of suicide. They may be subtle, but should be taken seriously. If you feel someone is considering ending their life, ask them directly, "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" Don't worry, you won't put the idea into their head if they are not seriously considering suicide. Don't be afraid to ask. Ask a question, save a life.