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.

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:

  1. Understanding Risk and Protective Factors of Suicide
  2. How to Talk to Suicidal Children
  3. Tips for Teaching Children to Ask for Help
  4. How to Know If Your Children Need Therapy
  5. How to Make Goals to Improve Mental Health

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.

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George Dayton

George Dayton

George Dayton is the Director of Marketing & Business Development at eLuma Online Therapy. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Woodbury School of Business. Mr. Dayton has spent the larger part of his career developing, producing and distributing filmed content for kids and families ( including the award-winning remake of the film Where the Red Fern Grows for Buena Vista Home Entertainment). In more recent years, he has worked on ventures more closely related to children's welfare and education. He served as one of the founding members of Kidnected World, the Student Orphan Aid Program, and also helped launched the Autism Initiative for Vivint Gives Back. Mr. Dayton is passionate about eLuma and its cause, and hopes to help find new ways in which the company can partner with schools to maximize student outcomes!