September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and here at eLuma, we are deeply committed to bringing more awareness to this critical issue. Unfortunately, this crisis continues to grow and here’s what we know:
- From 2013 to 2019, 1 in 5 teenagers in the U.S. had experienced episodes of major depression (CDC).
- Depression increases the risk of a first suicide attempt by at least 14-fold (CDC).
- Over half of all youth who suffer from depression will attempt suicide at least once, and more than seven percent of these will die as a result (KSU).
- Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,703 attempts by young people grades 9-12. If you include grades 7 & 8, the numbers are much higher (CDC).
- Suicide rates among people ages 10 to 24 increased by 57 percent from 2007 to 2018. More recent data suggest that the overall suicide rate among our youth continues to increase (CDC).
- Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (CDC WISQARS)
- More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED (CDC).
While these numbers are alarming, there is also hope. If we can identify and support young people who are experiencing mental health symptoms, including thinking about suicide, we have an opportunity to help prevent tragedy. There is a large gap between the number of young people thinking about suicide (about 1 in 10) and the number who die by suicide (1 in 10,000). In other words, there are 1,000 young people currently struggling with the idea of ending their life for each young person lost to suicide. Most importantly, that means that there are 1,000 opportunities to provide understanding and support to those experiencing difficulties.
With this in mind, we’re doing the following to help raise awareness and make a difference.
Webinars On Suicide Prevention
To commemorate Suicide Prevention Awareness month, we will have two webinars featuring renowned experts on Youth Suicide.
- Dr. Mitch Samet will present “Effective Suicide Policy/Procedures for District Administrators” at 1 pm EST on September 22, 2022.
- Dr. Greg Hudnall will present “Suicide 101 – What We Know About Youth Suicide and What We Don’t Know” at 1 pm EST on September 28, 2022.
To register and learn more about these not-to-be-missed webinars, go to eLuma Webinars.
Blog Posts On Suicide Prevention
During this month, Dr. Greg Hudnall from HopeSqad will also provide guest posts on the eLuma Blog to address different topics around suicide:
- Understanding Risk and Protective Factors of Suicide
- How to Talk to Suicidal Children
- Tips for Teaching Children to Ask for Help
- How to Know If Your Children Need Therapy
- How to Make Goals to Improve Mental Health
So look for these posts in the days and weeks ahead.
Schedule a Mental Health Consultation & eLuma Will Donate
As a way of giving back to this critical cause, eLuma will donate $50 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for every 30-minute consultation for our mental health services scheduled between September 15 and October 15.
To learn more and schedule your consultation, go to the eLuma Mental Health Consultation page.