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Raise Suicide Awareness Not Stigma

In the wake of so many celebrities tragically taking their own lives, the subject of suicide has been the topic of conversation on social media lately. Conversations in the comments of such posts are often centered around whose "fault" it is, and there are almost always two sides:

  1. The informed: "those who commit suicide are struggling with a silent illness that society is yet to fully understand",
  2. The uninformed: "those who commit suicide are weak and selfish."

Back and forth people argue like a swinging pendulum with no real objective - no attempt at true understanding. The uninformed comments are made by those who simply put: JUST.DON'T. GET IT. They don't understand mental illness and it's effects on the human mind, and that's okay. It's simply an indication that we have more work to do. More to work to do on educating the general public on this epidemic and the effects it has on those who are suffering.

We still have a lot of work today as a society to get everyone to see that “mental health” is “health” so that people can live more comfortable, happier lives and ultimately so that we can change the course of the rising suicide rate in the U.S. It starts by removing the stigma, even among our youngest family and community members.
- Jennifer Sikora, of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SUICIDE:

  • A person who is talking about harming oneself is simply seeking attention.
  • There's nothing that can be done to change someone's mind once they've decided to hurt themselves.
  • If a person's life seems "together," or they seem genuinely happy, they aren't suffering from depression.

AND WHAT BETTER MONTH TO START THE CONVERSATION THAN SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH?

It's quite an enigma, isn't it? This day in age it's accepted, if not encouraged, to begin opening our minds, eyes, and hearts to topics that were once considered a taboo. Politics, race, sexuality to name a few. Yet somehow, suicide and depression is still swept under the rug. Those who suffer from it, are consumed with feelings of guilt and shame, and those who aren't, become uneasy at even the slightest mention. Seems like an archaic notion in 2017. We've come so far, yet we are still so far away from achieving what would potentially save millions of lives.

But it's time. This isn't a topic to be ignored. People are committing suicide at an astounding rate.

In fact, every 40 seconds someone in the world dies from suicide, making it the 3rd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-44 years. The leading cause of death by suicide? Depression.

FACTS ABOUT SUICIDE IN THE U.S

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)
  • Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
  • There is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes. (CDC)
  • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
  • Suicide takes the lives of over 38,000 Americans every year. (CDC)
  • Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)
  • 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TAPS study)
  • An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors (AAS).
  • There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)
  • There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC)

Source: https://save.org/about-suicide/suicide-facts/

TMS NEURO SOLUTIONS

That's where TMS Neuro Solutions comes in. A company that believes that by getting to the root of the problem, we can begin to make a difference. TMS Therapy is a proven treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. During a TMS procedure a coil is placed near the head of the patient delivering small magnetic currents to treat the mood sensory part of the brain. 91% of TMS patients are signficantly better in just 5-6 weeks when they complete the proprietary 21st century behavioral health care program. Click to learn more about how TMS Neuro Solutions can help those suffering with Depression find new hope.

HOW YOU CAN HELP END THE STIGMA

So, we encourage you to help end the stigma and raise awareness on suicide. Next time a conversation involving behavioral health, depression, and/or suicide comes up. Think about where you stand in the conversation and how you can become part of the solution, not part of the problem.

  1. The informed: If you're one of the many in America who live with depression on a daily basis, or have experience with someone who is, first, seek help with TMS Neuro Solutions. And, secondly, do not be ashamed to discuss the topic with friends, family, and coworkers.
  2. The uninformed: If you find yourself in this category, try to truly listen to those who are knowledgeable on the topic. Ask insightful questions with the purpose of understanding. If you need more information, find reliable sources. If you know someone who is suffering, start the conversation. You could save a life.

HOW TO BEGIN THE CONVERSATION:

It's important to be prepared before starting a conversation with a loved one regarding suicide that you have resources available at a moments notice such as The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), or numbers and addresses of local crisis lines or treatment centers. A list of reputable resources can be found at: https://afsp.org/find-support/resources/

HOW TO ASK THE QUESTION:

It's best to not beat around the bush when discussing a topic so sensitive. Be direct in your questions, leaning towards questions that require a "yes" or "no" answer. It's okay to use direct words such as "suicide" so that the at-risk person knows you are not afraid of the conversation. Examples include:

"Are you thinking about killing yourself?"

or

"Are you thinking about ending your life?"

HOW NOT TO ASK THE QUESTION:

"You're not thinking about killing yourself, are you?"

Asking in this manner makes the at-risk person feel judged, as though killing themselves is something to be ashamed of, and that a "no" response will make you feel proud of them. It's important they know the conversation is a "judgment free zone".

VALIDATE THE PERSON'S EXPERIENCE:

  • Be open and vulnerable in the conversation
  • Have the conversation in a private and quiet location
  • Make sure you and the at-risk person have a sober mind
  • Don't panic
  • Actually listen and hear what the person is saying
  • Do not pass judgment or try to downplay their feelings
  • Let them know help is available and you will be there with them through it
  • Don't promise secrecy. Remember, if a life is at risk asking for help can save them.
  • Don't leave the person alone.

If you or someone you know is contemplating self harm or suicide, don't wait. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (Talk).