Suicide leaves a legacy of great tragedy. Everyone- parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, co-workers- are urged to be vigilant in interacting with others. Recognize that suicide reaches beyond race, gender, age, or religion. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people in the United States ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death among persons of all ages. The devastation caused by suicide impacts the entire community. As a community, we must join together to help those who may be considering suicide by offering hope, compassion, and encouragement to one another.
If you know someone who you believe may be at risk or considering suicide, you are urged to trust your instincts and seek help. Even if faced with some resistance, be persistent and seek help on their behalf. If there is an imminent threat, call 911 immediately. Also, SpectraCare Health Systems is a regional community based system of care that is available to assist those considering suicide, as well as those coping with the trauma following the loss of loved ones. Information about counseling services can be received by contacting Adult Outpatient Services and local after-hours emergency helpline is accessible by calling 1-800-951-HELP (4357).