YOU matter! September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month…

Posted: Aug 29, 2019

YOU matter! September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month…

If you or someone you know has or is suffering from anxiety, depression, or other mental health condition, YOU are not alone, and there is hope!

If you are suffering from suicidal thoughts, thoughts to harm yourself, you may be suffering from an untreated mental health condition. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, here are some immediate resources for you:

  • Call 911
  • 24-hours/7-days a week confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-(800)-273-TALK(8255), additional resources are available on their website: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • Colorado Crisis Services 1-(844)-493-TALK(8255), or TEXT “TALK” to 38255, additional resources are available on their website: coloradocrisisservices.org
  • Solvista Health is our local mental health center in Canon City, they are available 24-hours/7-days a week at 719-275-2351 and in person at 3225 Independence Rd. Canon City, CO, 81212.

  • Teens and young adults ages are at increased risk of suicide, as suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death in individuals 10-34 years old in the year 2017 (NIMH, 2019).
  • Suicide was the 4th leading cause of death in adults ages 35-54 years old (NIMH, 2019).
  • Suicide is preventable!
  • Mental health conditions are treatable!

We all struggle with day-to-day stress with work, school, and relationships. Many also struggle from more severe forms of stress such as trauma and addiction. If left unchecked and untreated, any kind of stress can lead to anxiety, depression, sleep problems, physical symptoms, chronic medical problems, addiction, more serious mental health conditions, suicidal thoughts, and suicide.

YOU are not alone. Please reach out to someone if you or someone you know if suffering.

Please stay tuned for more on warning signs and risks of suicide; and how to build resiliency.

Be well,
Alicia Kielas, FNP
BFP

Resources:
National Alliance on Mental Illness. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Retrieved from https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/suicide-prevention-awareness-month

National Institute of Mental Health (4, 2019). Transforming the understanding of treatment of mental illness. Retreived from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml