The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., the third leading cause of death for people aged 10–14, and the second leading cause of death for individuals aged 15–24. These statistics are deeply troubling, to say the least.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health joins the call to promote awareness and resources around the issue of suicide prevention – as well as disorders of the brain – to stamp out feelings of shame that can prevent individuals from seeking help.
In September, they recognize the following observances:
September: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10-16: National Suicide Prevention Week
Suicide is a leading cause of death among all age groups and is the second leading cause of death among individuals ages 10-34. In 2018, 48,344 people in the United States died by suicide as reported by the Centers for Disease Control. A single suicide loss affects an average of 115 people, and 650 people in Maryland died by suicide in 2018.
In 2010, the combined medical costs and work loss due to suicides in Maryland was determined to equal $586,391,000 by the Centers for Disease Control.
Organizations such as the Maryland Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (MD-SPIN), and the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention resolve to integrate and coordinate suicide prevention activities across multiple sectors and settings; develop, implement, and monitor effective programs that promote wellness and prevent suicide and related behaviors.
Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services and the adoption of “zero suicides” as an aspirational goal by health care and community support systems that provide services and support to defined patient populations; and increase the timeliness and usefulness of surveillance systems relevant to suicide prevention and improve the ability to collect, analyze, and use this information for action.
It is proclaimed by the Calvert Board of County Commissioners that the month of September be known as the Suicide Prevention Month in Calvert County. It is further proclaimed that by this action the Calvert Board of County Commissioners commend all organizations for providing superior initiative, leadership, support, and commitment for daily vital contributions to suicide prevention and urge all residents to recognize that suicide is a public health issue which everyone has a responsibility to acknowledge and prevent.