Poor mental health and suicide (killing oneself) are huge concerns across the United States. It is estimated that 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.1 And if not treated early, poor mental health can grow and sometimes lead to death.
- Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people.
- Suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34. And, it was the 4th leading cause of death among people between the ages of 35 and 54.
- There were more than twice as many suicides (47,173) in the United States as there were homicides (19,510).2
Spreading the word in September
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week (September 8-14), and World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) have been designed to help shed light on this national crisis. Please make plans to support where you can.
myStrength can help
If you suffer with deep depression or thoughts of suicide, please know that taking your own life is not your only option. Far from it. myStrength is proud to offer proven tools to help you live through suicidal intensity. Built with sponsorship from Macomb County Community Behavioral Health, these new tools can help if you:
- Are living with thoughts of suicide.
- Are harming yourself.
- Want to help someone else who may be living with suicidal thoughts.
- Are dealing with grief from the loss of a loved one.
- Want to learn more about suicide and self-harm.
Sign up today
Sign up at myStrength.
- Click Sign Up.
- Complete the myStrength sign-up process.
After setting up an online account, download the myStrength app for iOS and Android devices. You can sign up using the same email and password.
Once you are logged on, here are six links to actions posted on myStrength:
More help is at hand
If you or someone you know is depressed or thinking of dying by suicide, please reach out for help.
- Dial 9-1-1. Call right away if you have urgent suicidal feelings.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Contact 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free, confidential support.
- Chat online. Use the web to connect with a counselor at SuicidePreventionLifeline.org/Chat/.
- Talk with your provider. Please contact him or her if you are already getting behavioral health services.
1Mental Health America. (2019). Mental Illness and the Family: Recognizing Warning Signs and How to Cope. Retrieved from www.mentalhealthamerica.net/recognizing-warning-signs
2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2017 as cited by the National Institutes of Mental Health. (2019). Suicide. Retrieved from www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml