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.