Know­ing more about sui­cide preven­tion

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - High River / Claresholm -

Sept. 10 marked World Sui­cide Preven­tion Day, an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized event de­signed to raise aware­ness and dis­pel some of the myths re­lated to sui­cide. Sui­cide is a pre­ventable tragedy and af­fects peo­ple of all gen­ders, ages and eth­nic­i­ties.

Each year more Al­ber­tans die by sui­cide than mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions. There are many myths about sui­cide: MYTH: Sui­ci­dal peo­ple don’t give warn­ing signs. FACT: Up to 80% of peo­ple who at­tempt or die from sui­cide give warn­ing signs and share their plan.

MYTH: If you ask some­one if they are think­ing about sui­cide you could plant the idea in their head. FACT: Talk­ing openly about sui­cide can ac­tu­ally pro­vide re­lief and show that you care.

MYTH: Peo­ple who talk about sui­cide are just try­ing to get at­ten­tion. FACT: Peo­ple who die by sui­cide usu­ally talk about it first. They are in pain and of­ten­times reach out for help be­cause they do not know what to do and have lost hope.

MYTH: Once peo­ple de­cide to die by sui­cide, there is noth­ing you can do to stop them. FACT: Sui­cide can be pre­vented. Most peo­ple who are sui­ci­dal do not want to die, they just want to stop their pain.

Be aware of warn­ing signs such as giv­ing away be­long­ings, with­draw­ing from friends or fam­ily and talk­ing about sui­cide.

Start­ing the con­ver­sa­tion about sui­cide lets the per­son know you care and can make a dif­fer­ence.

If you or some­one you know needs help, please call Health Link at 811.

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