February 4, 2016
Most of us have, or someone we care about has, been impacted by suicide. The Advocator Group believes it is important to help raise awareness about education and resources available to individuals who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts or coping with the aftermath of suicide. Participating in the Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is just one way that we can all come together to do this. These walks take place across the country throughout the year, and in October of 2015 a group of Advocator teammates walked together to make the Greater Boston area more aware of the prevalence of suicide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011 suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for Americans—and suicide rates have continued to increase over the last several years. A large proportion of suicide victims suffer from mental illness, but unfortunately the majority of those struggling with suicidal thoughts do not seek help. This is particularly distressing in light of a recent Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) study, which concluded that 80% of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.
Depression is just one of dozens of suicide warning signs. Changes in speech or behavior can be subtle or sudden, particularly in response to a drastic life change like a lost job or loved one could easily make someone vulnerable to suicidal thoughts. The AFSP Community Walks thrive on the hope that education and awareness can highlight these statistics and show individuals struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts that help is available.
Participating in an Out of the Darkness walk, or simply sponsoring another walker, is just one of the many ways you could help educate your community about the warning signs of suicide as well as how many different forms of support and education are available. To learn more about The Advocator Group’s participation in this event, to find events in your area, and learn more about suicide statistics in America, click here.
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