September is suicide prevention month.
That doesn’t just mean check on your friends. Although that is important.￼
promote universal healthcare￼￼. Because most people cannot afford mental health.￼
- it means understanding that suicide is the third most likely cause of death, for ages 15 to 45, universally.
- it means understanding that the pandemic has caused depression and despair to grow exponentially, combined with financial hardship, lack of mental health and medical care, and social isolation.
- ￼￼It means destigmatizing mental disorders￼.
- It requires an active stance. Because it’s not going away, and eventually it will be in your face, from friends, family, colleagues, and loved ones. Even people who attempt suicide and survive, often have residual grave harm to their psyche and body￼. This is a public health issue.￼