National Suicide Prevention Week - September 8-14, 2019
There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition (https://afsp.org/about-suicide/).
The counselors at ICSAtlanta want to educate our community on the facts behind suicide by sharing a few articles on statistics, risk factors, and how to cope with stress.
This article, by the Child Mind Institute (https://childmind.org/article/teen-suicides-risk-factors/), explains the risk factors, or things that increase the likelihood that a child will engage in suicidal behavior, and protective factors, or things that reduce the risk, of teen suicide. Also, here is an article from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) listing risk factors and warning signs (https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/).
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has extensive statistics on suicide broken down by many different data points (https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/). Readers can find data based on gender, ethnicity, method, and race.
Supporting the efforts to prevent suicide is paramount. On November 3rd, 2019, there will be an Out of the Darkness Walk in Piedmont Park. When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss (https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=5980)
If you have any questions about any of the information presented in this post, please reach out to your school counselor at the Upper or Lower Campus.