National suicide prevention week works to bring awareness

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September is Suicide Prevention Month and this week is National Suicide Prevention Week.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. 

The National Suicide Prevention Week and healthcare professionals want everyone to get involved. Throughout the week of September 9 -15, organizations and individuals will work to bring awareness to how to prevent suicide.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 631 people across the state of Massachusetts died from suicide in 2016.

Suicide takes the lives of nearly 45,000 Americans every year and it can affect anyone, even the rich and famous. 

National Suicide Prevention Week is an annual week-long campaign to inform people about suicide prevention and warning signs. The Mental Health Association of Springfield told 22News starting a dialogue is the first step.  

“Our leg hurts, our back hurts, we’re just not feeling well,” said Kimberly Lee, president of resource development and branding at Mental Health Association of Springfield. “We don’t hesitate to go and seek out a primary care physician, but when we’re not feeling emotional, we tend to want to suck it up, when in all actuality we should be seeking counseling.”

The foundation cited suicide as the second leading cause of death for people between ages 15 to 34 in Massachusetts. 

Signs to look out for include looking for ways to kill oneself, increase use of alcohol or drugs or being withdrawn. Nearly 90 percent of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully with therapy or medication. 

National Resource: 

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE– HOTLINE- 1-800-273-8255

Local Resouce: 

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION – Springfield

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