Tampa, Florida 2021-09-08 02:50:30 –
Tampa, Florida — September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and mental health experts say it’s more important than ever to start talking to each other this year.
From the pandemic that kills 4.5 million people to the tragic end of 18 months of hospitalization and hospitals to social unrest and America’s longest war, it’s very difficult. It was a year and a half.
Clara Reynolds, CEO of the Crisis Center in Tampa Bay, said:
On August 12, 2021, the Crisis Center received the most suicide calls ever. Thirty-one people in Hillsborough County called for an end to their lives. It doubles their busiest days and triples their latest days.
“It’s the most we’ve ever experienced, so we recognize that we have a lot of concerns and a lot of anxieties. Reynolds said,” There’s a lot of anger. It’s a lot of anger. It’s not just COVID, it’s the hurricane season, it’s happening politically, it’s happening economically. “
In Pinellas County, the suicide hotline phone 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Care.
“This year, we’ve responded to 1595 lifeline calls from people who have suicidal ideation, who are already trying to kill themselves, and families and survivors who need counseling and resources. To overcome the loss of loved ones, “Kimberly Carnan told 2-1-1 Tampa Baycare.
Curnan adds that while their phones are increasing slightly, their community partners are seeing more clients experiencing suicidal ideation than ever before.
according to Hillsboro National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), it is the younger generation who are actually following those ideas.
“Currently, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34 years, meaning middle school, high school, college, adolescents, and the second leading cause of death is suicide, second only to accidental death.” Natasha A. Pierre, Executive Director of Hillsboro NAMI, explained.
Pierre said that society has not dealt with the sadness that many feel.
“People who have lost one or more people. What about our first responders? How many nurses and doctors hold their hands with their iPads while their families say goodbye on the screen?”
She added that the end of the war in Afghanistan caused a lot of emotions for veterans.
“There are people dealing with post-traumatic stress, amputated people, people who have lost their marriage, and families because of the war,” Pierre said. Do you go through all of that? “
NAMI has started hosting support groups online every day due to growing needs due to pandemics. Pierre encourages everyone to start talking to each other, and they will find that they are not alone.
“Mental health is healthy,” she said. “Unfortunately, the next pandemic that hits the American coast will be natural mental health.”
“It doesn’t have to be okay. What’s not okay is not asking for help when you need it,” Reynolds concludes.
The Tampa Bay Hotline Crisis Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to residents of Hillsboro. They also help people who may know someone they think they are struggling with. Their staff will guide you through how to talk to them about getting help. Click here to access their website.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 800-273-TALK (8255). It routes you to the nearest resource center in your county.You can also chat with someone online Please click here.
You can also call 2-1-1 from anywhere and you will be transferred to your local support organization.
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