Two startling statistics: The rate of suicide has increased 30 percent over the last 10 years. And suicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 13 and 34.
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, and to increase awareness of mental well-being challenges, the Johns Hopkins mySupport program is encouraging members of the university community to familiarize themselves with resources available to help them—and others, too—in times of need.
"It can be scary to ask someone if they're having thoughts of suicide, but it's an important step to getting them help," says Frances Callahan, assistant director of mySupport. "And the good news is that guidance is available to help you have this difficult and important conversation."
To learn more
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers online training in a video titled Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention.
Aetna Resources for Living's suicide prevention webpage includes articles, videos, and resources on suicide prevention.
Johns Hopkins mySupport is available to assist employees and their family members with a wide range of issues and resources, including mental health, 24/7, 365 days a year. You can contact mySupport at 443-997-7000.
For immediate help
If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call 911; the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, at 800-273-TALK (8255) or 800-799-4889 (TTY); or mySupport, at 443-997-7000, option 2.
To reach a Crisis Text Line crisis counselor, text CONNECT to 741741.
All resources are available 24/7, 365 days a year.