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August 31, 2021
Kinetiq Health presents Better Health in 90, a video series of health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.
National Suicide Prevention Week starts Sunday, September 5. In this Better Health in 90 video, Kinetiq Health Licensed Clinical Social Worker Andrea Hickle discusses suicide warning signs and prevention tips.
Read on for more information!
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 47,511 Americans died by suicide in 2019.
Many factors can increase the risk of suicide, but there are also many factors that we can do to help protect against it. Suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play to save lives and create healthy individuals, families and communities.
National Suicide Prevention Week starts on Sunday, September 5. Here are some tips to consider during the upcoming week to stay mentally healthy and support loved ones who may be struggling.
Know the warning signs
Some risk factors include mental health conditions and serious physical health conditions.
Chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, and environmental factors such as access to lethal means, stressful life events and a history of trauma or family history of suicide are all risk factors.
If you or a loved one starts to isolate from family and friends, sleep too much or too little, give away prized possessions, or lose interest in doing things you used to enjoy, you may need to seek professional help.
If you or a family member are in crisis, call 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.
Know the protective factors
It’s important to know what can be done to help protect individuals and keep them mentally healthy.
Some protective factors include access to mental health care and being proactive about mental health. Protect yourself and others by encouraging good connections with family and community support, creating a strong sense of purpose or self-esteem, and limiting access to lethal means.
For more information and resources visit afsp.org. You can also learn how to get involved in the community and discover how you can be an advocate in the fight to stop suicide.
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