Aside from the recent news stories highlighting the rapid rise of opioid abuse throughout the nation, America is also facing another rising statistic: suicide. Suicide rates have risen the past several years to become the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is a disturbing trend that has seen countless lives affected, and the reality is that there are many ways to pay attention to the warning signs in order to potentially save lives. The impact of suicide reaches further than most realize: into the communities, directly affect family and close friends.
While suicide rates have risen throughout the country, El Paso County has been one of the hardest hit. Newsweek recently contacted several El Paso County school districts, government agencies, military installations, businesses and families; each one impacted by suicide. Being able to provide education around these topics can help save lives and put an end to this terrible phenomenon that is hitting the county, and even the country itself.
The entire district has been impacted by serious mental health issues and a rise in suicide rates. To help combat this, a rise in community agencies like Peak View Behavioral Health, Aspen Point, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention, Safe-to-Tell and the Colorado Springs Police Department and many others have taken steps to provide critical information to those affected in the region. Creating awareness is one of the biggest points to drive home, and can get those who are suffering from suicidal tendencies and thinking to consider options to get the help that they need.
It is important to realize that no suicide attempt should be dismissed or treated lightly, and the sooner one can get help, the better. For every suicide that takes place, there are 25 attempts at suicide; in addition, suicides cost the United States over 44 billion dollars annually. The most important aspect is to pay attention when someone you know discusses or even hints at potential suicidal tendencies. With proper care, therapy and treatment, it can truly save their life, so addressing these issues as early as possible is extremely important.
Please remember if you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness or depression and appears to have suicidal thoughts please use the local Suicide Prevention Crisis Line, 1-888-885-1222, the National Suicide Prevention Life Line, 1-800-273-8255 or Safe 2 Tell Colorado, 1-877-542-7233.
In addition, Peak View Behavioral Health offers confidential and free assessments for practically every potential mental and behavioral health issue; contact us at 719-444-8484.