Suicide is preventable and by collaborating together, we can save lives
September is globally recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and join together by sharing struggles and experiences as we work to bring light to the darkness and combat the stigma of depression and other mental illnesses.
Suicide is the one of the leading causes of death in the United States with one suicide occurring every 13 minutes, according to the American Association of Suicidology. Having a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion, increases the risk for suicidal behavior. In a 2016 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the long-term risk of suicide increases three-fold among adults who have had concussions.
CereScan’s patented brain diagnostic process is playing a role in suicide prevention through an enhanced clinical evaluation process. CereScan’s advanced technology is able to show the biological reasons by symptoms, helping thousands receive answers and go on to more successful treatments.
Those who suffer from invisible illnesses, such as TBI and depression, and those left behind after a loved one dies by suicide often feel lost. Shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly. During September, but also during the other 11 months of the year, we’d like to remind everyone that we can all play a role in preventing suicide.
This September, we recognize the following observances:
- September: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
- September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day
- September 10-16: National Suicide Prevention Week
Seeing a doctor when you are feeling depressed is not a sign of weakness. It’s being proactive. Unfortunately, depression drains the desire and energy to talk with loved ones or seek professional help. Often, depressed people believe they are failures, and many feel they are not worthy of help. However, the most courageous thing you can do is to get help.
If you are or someone you know is struggling, there are resources that can help: