As Suicide Prevention Awareness Month begins to wind down, mental health professionals stress the importance of suicide prevention year round.
Tennessee’s 1,219 suicides last year is an 11% increase over the total from 2015. The goal of September’s Suicide Awareness Month is to help break the stigma associated with suicide and educate people of the warning signs.
“A long-held falsehood is that if someone is talking about suicide, they won’t do it. This is not true as suicide is a disease of ambivalence, deciding if you want to be alive or not,” said Raquel Shutze, director of specialized services at Youth Villages. “Suicidal ideation increases when someone feels an extreme amount of hopelessness, loneliness, or despair.”
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