A Sentence Can Save A Life: Suicide Prevention in Humboldt County

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Help is out there, and hope is within reach. The Department of Health and Human Services wants you to know, a single question could save a life.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a report, noting a 30% spike in suicides in the United States from 2005 to 2016. In recent days, the topic has taken over news feeds across social media platforms following the high profile deaths of Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade. Suicide isn’t always easy to discuss, but it’s okay to talk about it, and reach out to people in your life who may be in need.

Asking a simple question, “Have you thought about suicide?” Could save a life.

“Asking the question will not put the thought in someone’s head, instead it may offer them some relief,” Department of Health and Human Services Senior Health Education Specialist Kris Huschle explains. She also says she hopes talking about suicide will be like discussing substance abuse, or the status of relationships. A commonplace way to check in with one another.

Public health experts say suicide is a preventable cause of death, so know the warning signs:

If a person mentions taking their own live, or uses hopeless language like “Things would be better if I wasn’t here.”

Often suicidal thoughts are marked by with drawl from social situations or passions and changes in mood or behavior.

National suicide Prevention lifeline:

800-273-8255

The national suicide prevention life line offers support for people struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, and loved ones who want to support and open up to anyone they may be concerned about. 45-thousand people take their own lives every year in the United States. The experts say don’t be afraid to reach out. Here in Humboldt County, the suicide rate is nearly three times the state average.