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Letter: Talk to your loved ones about issue of suicide


September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide has many triggers.

From years of involvement in suicide prevention, I’ve learned that the most common triggers are the end of a significant emotional relationship, usually romantic, and apparent extreme financial distress.

The most common suicide method is a firearm. Its lethality gives no second chances. White men are the largest cohort, with white women being the second largest cohort, accounting for about 80% of all suicides, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The easiest way to prevent suicide is to ask a person who is going through a major life change how they are feeling, if they are having thoughts of suicide and if they want to talk to you or a counselor.

Knowing that my children and I have inherited depression, I ask them about suicidal ideation when they appear to be depressed. As their parent I do not avoid talking about difficult mental health issues, theirs or mine, as I know that their lives may depend on my openness.

For me, being bipolar 2, suicidal ideation is a background condition. Other people I have communicated with who walk with bipolar 2 have a similar experience. We learn to walk with it the best we can.

Richard Gardner
Upper Bern Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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