In recent years there has been much expressed concern at the heightened increase in suicide rates among young adults. It is now the second leading cause of death of young people. Depression, anxiety, stress, difficult economic periods, abuse, addiction, death of loved ones, job loss and more have been identified as contributing factors for the pain and hopelessness that can lead to suicidality.
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Resources are available to share with learners who may be experiencing a crisis or exhibiting risks. Sharing the number to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a good idea. Help can be accessed by calling or texting 988 or chatting online.
To learn more about suicide prevention, watch this episode of Connections featuring Psychologist July Cerel.