September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (SPAM).
This month was started in 2008 as a way to bring awareness to suicide and to encourage people to access mental health treatment if they are struggling with suicidal thoughts. In 2020, suicide was the 12th leading cause of death. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages 25-34 and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44.
In today’s episode, I’ll be discussing:
- Statistics about suicide
- Words surrounding suicide
- Myths about suicide
- Tips to support someone who might be suicidal
- Resources to support you or those in your life who might have suicidal thoughts
Verses that I mentioned:
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble.”
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Safety plan: https://www.mysafetyplan.org/
— DISCLAIMER: Mindful Nuggets was a podcast to support women who are on their mental and spiritual wellness journey. Please note that the information provided here is from my own perspective and some from what I have found through research. If you take any information from this podcast, you are doing so at your own risk. Listening to this podcast episode does not replace the need to seek out the support of a trained mental health professional.
Please know that this podcast does not supplement seeing a mental health therapist and/or seeking spiritual counseling from your local church. If you are actively wanting to end your life, please call 911 or go to the local emergency room. If you are in a mental health crisis, you can call 988 from your cell phone to get support OR text “hello” to 741741 to speak with a crisis counselor via text. If you need help locating a therapist, you can find one at psychologytoday.com, therapyden.com or therapyforblackgirls.com.
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