All of us at Financial Enhancement Group have been affected by mental health or suicide in our lifetime, whether with our family, friends, colleagues, or maybe even our own personal struggles. We’ve seen the toll that it takes in many aspects of life, this is why we feel it’s important to bring awareness to Mental Health. September 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week and October 6 – 12 is Mental Health Awareness week, so for the next month, we will be raising awareness and participating in activities.
In addition to the emotional loss associated with suicide, there is also an economic loss due to the fact that suicide falls most heavily on adults who are working age. For example, the unexpected cost of a funeral or the unplanned medical expenses of a loved one are results of suicide. If you or someone you love are struggling, it is important to fit the costs of counseling and other medical costs into your financial plan to get the help needed in order to prevent the burdens of suicide.
Suicide is a major public concern, there are not many people who have not been impacted by suicide in some way. Unfortunately, suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States and based on recent nationwide surveys suicide is only getting more common. It is important that our community stays informed on this subject so that we can work together to prevent it. The impact of suicide goes far beyond the person who takes their life, it has a lasting impact on family, friends, and communities. It is devastating.
The behaviors listed below are signs that someone could be contemplating suicide, provided by the National Institute of Mental Health:
- Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
- Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
- Planning or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or newly acquiring potentially lethal items (e.g., firearms, ropes)
- Talking about great guilt or shame
- Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
- Feeling unbearable pain, both physical or emotional
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Using alcohol or drugs more often
- Acting anxious or agitated
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Taking risks that could lead to death, such as reckless driving
- Talking or thinking about death often
- Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
- Giving away important possessions
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
- Putting affairs in order, making a will
If you or someone you know are in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential. You can also get more information and help at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter this month as we raise awareness for Mental Health & Suicide. We will also be sharing local event opportunities in the area if you want to be involved.
“Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is essential. Your self-care is a necessity.” Healthplace.com
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