IN CONTEXT

WORRIED ABOUT SUICIDE?

YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

Nearly 50% of American adults have reported knowing someone with suicidal ideation. Less than 10% of them felt prepared.

The statistics are staggering. In Washington State 25 people will die by suicide this week, as many as a fifth of school-age youth will seriously consider suicide this year, and overall, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, ahead of car accidents, homicides, wars or natural disasters.

But suicide isn't easy to talk about, and the issue defies simply explanation. Statistics cut across age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Suicide is often the unfortunate outcome of a person struggling with a diagnosable mental health disorder, and yet less than 10% of the general public feel confident in identifying the warning signs or attempting to intervene. And yet…

Nearly half of all American adults have experienced a barrier to talking to someone about suicide.

Throughout 2017 individuals, organizations, and community stakeholders have met to form the Walla Walla Suicide Prevention Work Group, with the goal of addressing the toll suicide continues to take on our local community. Our mission is to focus on breaking down the barriers to suicide intervention, promoting resiliency, encouraging and facilitating help-seeking, inspiring our local community to take a personal stake in suicide prevention, and educating the public on guidelines for engagement, intervention, and help-seeking in moments of crisis. In other words, reaching out, to those in need.

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WE CAN STOP SUICIDE

But to stop it, first we have to understand it.

Suicide is a serious public health problem worldwide, and is one of the top ten leading causes of death in adults and the third leading cause of death in youth between the ages of 10 and 24. Between 2010 and 2014 Washington State’s suicide rate was 14 per 100,000 citizens. And while this is 11% higher than the national average, Walla Walla County’s suicide rate was15 per 100,000 .

Suicide is often an unfortunate outcome of a person struggling with diagnosable mental health disorder.

According to a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) study roughly 90% of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

Without proper treatment and care a person’s mental illness leaves them susceptible. And yet many who struggle must also deal with provider shortages, lack of awareness of services, challenges of availablility for appointments and follow-up, and the stigma associated with mental illness.

No matter the age, suicide cuts across race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, or sexual orientation.

HERE TO HELP

In crisis, or know someone who is? Concerned but don't know what to say? Help can be as close as a click away.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Call 9-1-1 anytime you have an EMERGENCY when police, fire, or medical response is required immediately.

WALLA WALLA CRISIS HOTLINE

Comprehensive Healthcare receives thousands of calls on our open and crisis lines each year. Our specially trained staff is experienced in handling mental health crises. We are there for our clients 24 hours a day seven days a week.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

hope

A healthy, optimistic attitude that is based on an expectation of positive life outcomes

Hope is defined as the perceived ability to create ways to achieve desired goals and to motivate oneself to use those means. In positive pyshology, hope is used as an actual therapy in order to combat fulfillment issues.

LET'S TALK ABOUT SUICIDE

Are you brave enough to have a conversation that matters?

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IT ALL STARTS WITH REACHING OUT

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