Thursday, July 26, 2018

Suicide is a complex issue, but there are some simple ways to help

Per the CDC, suicide rates in the US have been on the rise since 1999.  In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.  More than half of those who died by suicide didn't have diagnosed mental health conditions. 

In the face of such a pervasive and complicated issue, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, like one person can't make much of a difference.  But there are some simple yet powerful ways that any one of us can offer help to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts. 

We can start by educating ourselves about some common myths and the warning signs of suicidal behavior.  Once we have a better understanding, Dr. John Schneider of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division offers some tools to help those in crisis.

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