Unfortunately, our lives have all been touched by someone who has taken their own life: a beloved celebrity who hanged himself, a colleague who jumped from the 20th floor, a friend who left the car running in the closed garage, a neighbor’s child who overdosed, or a grandfather who shot himself. This loss of life has a devastating and rippling impact across families and communities. Why? We ask ourselves, could anyone feel so desperate? How could they be so alone? What signs did we miss? and when could we have acted to stop the unstoppable?
Unanswered questions live on when life is gone.
Suicide is a major public health issue, across the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone with increasing rates in nearly every state.
Factors that contribute to the taking of one’s own life are complex - simple solutions do not suffice. Multifaceted efforts to prevent suicide must be addressed by all members of society. Health professiona...