A simple conversation could save a life, that’s just one of the messages mental-health organizations are hoping to drive home on World Suicide Prevention Day (9/10). Indiana’s suicide rate rose nearly 25 percent between 2008 and 2016, and Kelsey Steuer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Indiana says social stigma still prevents people from seeking help. That’s why she says it’s crucial to discreetly reach out to loved ones who might be struggling and ask the question directly. If a loved one has considered suicide, Steuer says the next step is to stay with them and connect them to resources that can help. Almost five times as many people died by suicide in 2017 in Indiana than in alcohol-related car crashes. Anyone in crisis is encouraged to text ‘4-HOPE’ to 741-741. There is no single cause for suicide, but experts say depression, anxiety and substance-use problems can increase the risk when unaddressed. Steuer hopes to dispel some of the myths about suicide, including that it is a choice. To help mark National Suicide Prevention Month in September, Steuer encourages Hoosiers to spread awareness by attending the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Indianapolis on Saturday. Learn more at afsp.org. Assistance also is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number is 1-800-723-TALK.
September 10th, 2019|Local News|