September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
 

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and this week, September 10 to 16, we are united with the rest of the world in observing the National Suicide Prevention Week. This year’s theme is Take a minute, change a life, a call for us to be more active in the prevention of suicide among our network of friends and relatives and even acquaintances. According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), our support for those who are vulnerable is an important role that we must uphold as members of a community.

 

In their recent press release, the DOH advised the public to take suicidal comments seriously and to be on the lookout for the warning signs of suicidal behavior:

  • withdrawing from friends
  • expressing hopelessness
  • unexpected joke about suicide
  • engaging in self-harm

 

In Dr. Teresita Cantos-David’s article, On Depression: Chasing the Blues Away, we learned that a person who might be depressed have emotional or physical symptoms that are experienced every day, all day, for two weeks or longer so we must also be aware of these symptoms:

  • feeling sad
  • numb
  • restless
  • crying for no reason
  • losing interest in things that were enjoyed before
  • changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • body aches
  • having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • thoughts on suicide

 

If we find someone displaying any of these behavior or symptoms, we must help by caring and listening more. It can make all the difference.

 
Sources:

Taking a minute can change a life. Retrieved from https://iasp.info/wspd2017/

Cantos-David, Teresita MD. On Depression: Chasing the Blues Away. Retrieved from http://unihealthsouthwoodshospital.com/on-depression-chasing-the-blues-away/

DOH reminds save a life, #talktosomejuan. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/notes/department-of-health-philippines/doh-reminds-save-a-life- talktosomejuan-press-release-september-10-2017/2027950223889210/