Save a life this September with suicide awareness

September 4 was the start of Suicide Prevention Week, and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared September 10, 2011 as World Suicide Prevention Day.

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. Goals of World Suicide Prevention day include sharing information, improving education and training, and decreasing stigmatization.

The WHO estimates that about one million people around the world die by suicide every year, and 2007 data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention indicates more than 34,000 suicides occurred in the U.S. This is the equivalent of 94 suicides per day; one suicide every 15 minutes or 11.26 suicides per 100,000 population.

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans. But suicide deaths are only part of the problem. More people survive suicide attempts than actually die. They are often seriously injured and need medical care.

Most people feel uncomfortable talking about suicide. Often, victims are blamed — and their friends, families, and communities are left devastated.

Visit these web sites for more information:

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional. In Eastern Wisconsin contact Aurora Behavioral Health Services 1-877- 666-7223

For more information about treatment for individuals experiencing anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, or thoughts of suicide visit the web site for Aurora Psychiatric Hospital.

Aurora Behavioral Health Services offers complete mental health treatment options, provided by highly trained professionals in a caring, confidential manner to meet individual and family needs. If you or someone you know needs help, contact us — online or by phone at 1-877-666-7223 — as soon as possible.

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