800,000 Hopeless Souls… And Counting

According to the World Health Organization, 800,000 people die by suicide every year, and for every successful suicide there are many more people who attempt it. About 20 percent of people who die by suicide have made a prior suicide attempt. But the stigma attached to suicide can be isolating and discourages help-seeking behaviors.

In seems people are fearful if we talk about suicide we’ll trigger risky behaviors. But if we don’t talk about it, how are we going to understand it? If we don’t understand it, how can we be compassionate and empathetic? And if we don’t treat those at risk with compassion and empathy, how do we expect them to seek help?

Excerpt from Why I’m Speaking Up About How Suicide Is Discussed in the Emergency Room by Sally Buchanan-Hagen. Published in http://www.themighty.com. Read original article here

Featured photo from http://www.samaritans.org/

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