By: Kara Bennett NAMI MN, Coordinator Suicide Prevention Programs, Guest Author
Suicide is a public health issue that is experienced to some degree within all demographics and age groups.
It’s the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the US and the 2nd leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24.
It’s estimated that over 90% of people who die by suicide lived with a diagnosable mental illness. Additionally, 90% of people who survive an attempt do not go on to die by suicide. These two stats provide hope within a difficult topic. These numbers show and remind us that in the vast majority of cases suicide is the outcome of a medical condition. Mental illnesses are treatable and people can get the help that they need.
NAMI Minnesota works closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and other organizations across the state, like YSB, to offer suicide awareness and prevention workshops to educators, mental health care providers, families, and community members of all sorts. These workshops are important vehicles for dispelling myths around suicide and providing people with practical tools they can use to help someone through a crisis. All of our community programs are free of charge.
We are fortunate to be working more and more with YSB. Their support and partnership has allowed us to participate in collaborative meetings with the Stillwater School District and sit on a panel for the Woodbury Thrives event addressing 13 Reasons Why. We’re thankful for these opportunities and look forward to a deepening relationship that allows us to better serve Washington County.
On our website, you’ll find up to date information about scheduled workshops, as well as a list of additional suicide prevention related resources. Because September is National Suicide Prevention Month, there are many free workshops available!
You can also have us come to you by filling out our online presentation request form. We frequently speak to organizations, schools, and community groups like clubs and churches. With enough lead time, we can accommodate most requests. Check out the form for full details.
If you are worried that someone in your life may be considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.