Suicide Prevention Month

My Brain is not broken has inspired me to write about this month which is ever so important due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This month is held in the United States but it can also be held here in Australia. The WHO estimates that over 800,000 million people die from suicide alone each year.

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Suicides are preventable and the WHO aims to reduce the rate in which people are dying. They had hoped to reduce the rate of suicide by 10% by 2020, but it might not happen due to the Coronavirus pandemic which sees many people locked up in their homes.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US with 48,344 people died last year due to suicide.

Where to from here

The UK health service has released a paper in 2015 and they say that research is essential. I agree, more research is essential.

It has been suggested both in the Social Dilemma and other sources that people spend less time on Facebook and other social networks and more time doing things for others.

How can you be a good friend and a listener?

Don’t judge them. Let them talk about their feelings openheartedly. And if you can’t help them in any way, its ok. You can refer them to a psychiatrist or a mental health service in your area! Just be there for them and check in from time to time.

If you are a parent its important to seek help for your child as early as possible. Don’t wait until its too late.

You can call Lifeline or Beyond Blue to discuss mental health problems.

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