HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, dedicated to raising awareness and reminding people that help is available.
According to Dr. Christina Williams, a clinical psychologist at Pine Grove Mental Health, new technologies and online platforms are important resources for connecting with those suffering from suicidal thoughts or thoughts. They are often the first contact with patients.
“You can get YouTube videos where people talk about suicide, a little bit of education and some tools that people can use,” Williams said. That’s especially helpful if you can’t see the provider right away. Maybe they just have some questions that they don’t feel comfortable talking to someone yet. Maybe they can log on to their computer and find some answers and resources.
While the Internet is a great place to find mental health resources, many people still need additional care.
Connie Bienvenue, coordinator of Payne Belt Mental Health’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams, said her organization’s ultimate goal is to provide community-based crisis services that provide solution-focused, recovery-focused behavioral health assessments and remediation.
“We train police officers in so-called crisis intervention team skills, also known as CIT,” said BNVEN. “These officers help us in the field by identifying mental health crises, directing individuals to treatment or directing them to my team where we direct them to services.”
Williams and Bienvenue also note that suicide prevention includes raising awareness of signs of suicidal thoughts such as isolation and isolation, and that it is okay to ask the person questions, but the most important thing to remember is to listen.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please talk to a mental health professional or call the new suicide hotline at 988 for available resources.
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