Suicide Prevention Week ~ Krystyna Brandt

Did you know that, in the United States, one person completes suicide every 13 minutes? Or it’s estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States have been directly affected by a suicide? Or that 50% of all persons who die by suicide use a firearm, kept in the home allegedly for safety, to kill themselves?

Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing.

Experts also know that suicidal crises tend to be brief. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved. There are services available in our community for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes.

September 8th through September 14th is National Suicide Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.” Please join the IPS Center for Psychological Services in supporting suicide prevention. Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.

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