Mental health professionals point out suicide warning signs

WNYT Staff
Created: September 09, 2020 07:24 PM

This is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.

With the mental health challenges so many are facing due to the pandemic, the message of awareness and prevention is even more important.


With more than 48,000 lives lost to suicide, it's the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

So it's critically important we are alert to the warning signs so we can reach out to a person at risk and help them get the support they need. “Those things like starting to talk about hopeless or despair or talking about death more often, or isolating. You're suddenly dropping out of conversation or communication with people that you would normally have regular communication with. Those are some of the tips,” explained Dr. Kimberly Kilby with MVP. Dr. Kilby says don't be afraid to start the conversation.

Encourage them to reach out for professional support.

They can always call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800- 273-TALK. MORE INFORMATION: CDC: Dealing with suicide | Health Beat: Suicide Prevention

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