Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and the rate at which it occurs has been rising since 1999. Currently, it is estimated that one person dies from suicide every 11 minutes. So, how does this affect loved ones who are left behind?
Losing a loved one to suicide can be emotionally devastating, and these feelings of grief and loss from suicide generally extended much farther than we would think. On average, there are up to 135 people who are affected by each suicide loss, including friends, immediate and extended family, coworkers, classmates, and others. Megan Williams, Director of Suicide Prevention at Centerstone, explains how survivors can cope with the loss of someone they love from suicide:
If you know someone who is thinking about suicide, do not leave him or her alone. Try to remove any means that you think may be used in a suicide attempt and contact Centerstone’s 24-hour crisis lines at:
When someone loses hope, they cannot see a way out, but hope can be found with help and support. For more resources, visit centerstoneconnect.org.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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