Summer Safety Reminders
Writen by: Leah Maschino
Welcome to Summer!
The Genesee County Prevention Coalition (GCPC) congratulates the graduating seniors of Genesee County for their hard work on this important life achievement! We also wish to encourage parents and/or guardians to host alcohol free graduation parties. Set the example that parties do not need alcohol or other substances to be a celebration. There is no safe or legal way to provide to minors or to turn a blind eye. Summer fun starts with safety for everyone!
In the midst of all the celebrations, it is also important to continue to check in on the mental health status of our loved ones. The suicide rate has been rising over the past decade and is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation.
Suicidal thoughts are also a significant concern. Having serious thoughts of suicide increases the risk of a person making a suicide attempt. There are more than 25 attempted suicides for each suicide death. In 2014, an estimated 9.4 million adults (3.9%) aged 18 or older had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. Among high school students, more than 17% (approximately 2.5 million ninth through twelfth graders) have seriously considered suicide, more than 13% have made a suicide plan, and more than 8% have attempted suicide.
Some potential warning signs that may mean someone is at risk for suicide include but are not limited to:
Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself, looking for a way to kill oneself, talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live, talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain, talking about being a burden to others, increasing the use of alcohol or drugs, acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly, sleeping too little or too much, withdrawing or feeling isolated, showing rage or talking about seeking revenge, or displaying extreme mood swings.
What you can do if you believe someone may be thinking about suicide:
Ask them if they are thinking about kill themselves (this will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide), listen without judgment and show you care, stay with the person (or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person) until you can get further help, remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, call SAMHSA’s National Suicice Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and follow their guidance. If immediate danger for self-harm arises, call 911. www.samhsa.gov/suicide-prevention