September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and while an unpleasant topic to talk about, I think it’s important that tough and honest conversations are had regarding mental health, suicide, and other forms of self-harm.  At the very least, it’s important to share what resources are available for those right here in El Paso to help deal with and hopefully overcome any thoughts of these thoughts.

For a list of local and national resources available, you can visit NAMI El Paso website (National Alliance on Mental Illness) or for a downloadable/printable list of resources, click HERE.

Additionally, the El Paso VA announced a partnership with OnStar in the hopes of providing veterans more access to suicide prevention resources.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Veterans – Press “1”
    • for TTY: 1-800-799-4889
  • Confidential Lifeline for Gay Youth: (866) 488-7386

Warning signs of possible suicidal behavior from MentalHealth.gov:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Suicide affects so many people and is a very private and difficult topic speak about.  Hopefully, the above resources and warning signs lead to what could turn out to be a life-saving conversation.  Always keep in mind that you matter, and the world is a BETTER place with YOU IN IT.

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