September 10 – 16 of 2017 is National Suicide Prevention Week giving us an opportunity to break the silence about this topic and start conversation about suicide prevention and mental health.
Every year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide. Out of every suicide, 25 people attempt, meaning that roughly 1.1 million Americans alone have at least attempted suicide. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.
At Catharsis Productions, we know that survivors of sexual violence often suffer from PTSD and depression, which can lead to suicidal thoughts or attempts of it. And even though there is no single cause to suicide, a suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person’s life. No matter the race or age of the person; how rich or poor they are, it is true that most people who die by suicide have a mental or emotional disorder.
Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to this community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected, and some may be quite isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.
If you or anyone you know is in danger call the 24/7 Crisis Hotline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) (Veterans, press 1)
More Crisis Services
Text TALK to 741-741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7
Veterans Crisis Line
Send a text to 828255
Other Suicide Prevention Resources