Take Five to Save Lifes Suicide Prevention

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It's National Suicide Prevention week. For those who have lost someone as a result of suicide or those who experience clinical depression themselves, the potentially tragic results of this illness are all too familiar.

Rates of suicide high in young people.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 35. "It's a very serious concern and the leading risk factor for suicide is untreated depression," said Grief Councilor Gina Dixon.

Experts say depression is often a hidden feeling, but with the emergence of social networking...some people who are depressed are taking their feelings to the internet...which can sometimes be a plea for help. "I would say if you have a friend on Facebook who's sharing those kinds of depressed thoughts or thoughts of harming themselves to take it seriously," said Dixon.

Well a new program has arrived called Take Five to Save Lives. That is the message being delivered in New Hampshire and around the globe this week for Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day. The National Council for Suicide Prevention has partnered with groups in New Hampshire and around the nation for the effort, which is focused on raising awareness and providing people with five simple steps to help prevent suicide.

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Dr. Dan Reidenberg of the Council for Suicide Prevention says 'Step Number One' is to learn the signs. "Somebody talking about suicide, writing about suicide, looking for information on the Internet about it, people expressing the feeling of hopelessness, like there's no future for them; somebody who has changes in their substance abuse pattern, on top of mental illness."

Step two is to join the movement. By going to take five to save lives, you can learn more about the process to get involved. The third step is to get involved. Tell people about suicide prevention and offer them support. Step four is to help a person who may feel suicidal and step five is to reach out.

Reidenberg says that there is still stigma surrounding depression and other forms of mental illness, and many people feel that they are intruding on others by offering to help. "It is much, much better to ask the question than to go to a funeral, and it really is quite that basic. We need to help them, because if they weren't struggling with these illnesses, they wouldn't be thinking like that. And you can actually be, anybody can be, a life support for somebody."

In addition what is more important is after suicide prevention week is over, Take Five to Save Lifes will still continue. Know the signs of suicide and try to remember that it only takes five to save a life.

Reference: Mental Health American, Take5tosavelives

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