The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) continues doing an excellent job “amplifying the conversation” about the important topic of suicide. While there is no one single cause for suicide, the experts at AFSP say it occurs when stressors exceed coping capabilities in someone who is suffering from a mental health condition. According to their studies, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year, over 42,000 Americans die by suicide and for every one suicide, 25 have attempted to take their own life.
As leaders of our families, companies, and in our communities, each of us can make a world of difference to address and destigmatize suicide. If we can help save one single life, it is worth it. According to AFSP, most people who take their lives exhibit the following warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting recklessly
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolating from family and friends
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
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If you have lost someone to suicide, please be aware of the resources available. Furthermore, my wife Tammi is available to speak to you and your company about suicide prevention. Developed by AFSP, Talk Saves Lives: Suicide Prevention Education for Workplace Settings, is a 60-minute educational presentation for organizational leadership, managers, supervisors, and employees that can be delivered via webinar. She will speak for free, we are just asking for donations for her brother’s memorial fund.
Let’s be the voice to #StopSuicide.