World Suicide Prevention Day

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Rylee Hunter, Staff Writer

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World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th. The observation exists to raise awareness for this serious issue in the world. It is acknowledged around the world by holding press conferences, organizing memorials, and so much more. Experts on the subject spend their days changing the statistics for the better. 

Suicide is different in all parts of the world, so suicide prevention is also very different. For example, in Asian countries they regulate access to tools that people can use in self harm. In North America, the government has councils and training programs to become a certified crisis counselor. Activities for awareness aren’t just held in big cities. The St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is holding a  free admission event on Thursday, September 12th from 5:00P.M. to 9:00P.M. 

 There are more than activities that only take place on a certain day. Treatment can be available anytime of the year no matter where you are, such as hotlines. There are workers accessible day and night for those who need someone to talk to.

“When callers just need to talk, I’m there to listen,” said an anonymous suicide hotline worker. “And when they’re looking for a reason to live another day, I’m there to help them find it.”

Hotline workers don’t get all of the heat though. Doctors do interviews that can be released to the public so anyone can access them. This is beneficial because those with suicidal thoughts don’t have to share their experiences if they are uncomfortable. 

“I try to get people to think about what they would say to a family member or friend,” Chief of Adult Psychiatry and Director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at Lindner Center of HOPE Danielle Johnson said. “You would tell them to get help, so why not do the same for yourself?” 

Some doctors don’t just do interviews. There are therapists who can help with suicidal thoughts and or signs that often lead to suidice. These therapists can typically be found locally. 

“I believe in the power of relationships,” Licensed Professional Counselor Rachel Olshine MEd, LPC, NCC said. “ And to help walk along with you in your personal journey.”


For help call 1-800-273-8255. 

 

“Rachel Olshine, Licensed Professional Counselor, Longview, TX, 75602.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 3 Sept. 2019, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/depression/tx/longview/298659?sid=5d77c86f51c48&ref=2&tr=ResultsName

 

“An Interview About Suicide Prevention.” Womenshealth.gov, 9 Oct. 2018, https://www.womenshealth.gov/blog/spotlight-suicide-prevention

“An Interview About Suicide Prevention.” Womenshealth.gov, 9 Oct. 2018, https://www.womenshealth.gov/blog/spotlight-suicide-prevention.