The 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. has increased 31 since 2001
By State Rep. Todd Hunter
AUSTIN Texas (Texas Insider Report) According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness suicide is the 2nd Leading Cause of death among people aged 10-34. Furthermore more than twice as many people die from suicide as from homicide.
As suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the overall suicide rate has increased by 31 since 2001 September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month to help share resources and educate individuals friends and families to shed light on this critical public health issue.
September is also designated by many mental health advocates organizations survivors and community members as the month to unite and promote suicide prevention and awareness.
From 1999 to 2016 rates of suicide rose in nearly every state and Texas experienced an 18.9 increase during that period.
Due to these alarming statistics its important to:
- Understand the issues concerning Suicide & Mental Health
- Take part in Suicide Prevention and
- Change the conversation around suicide
Although it is hard to predict a suicide attempt knowing warning signs can help. The concern expressed by friends parents and family members can make a difference to someone who is struggling with suicide.
New behavior such as:
- Increased Alcohol and/or Drug Use
- Aggressive Behavior
- Withdrawal from Friends & Family
- Dramatic Mood Swings and
- Impulsive or Reckless Behavior can be a few warning signs
However by starting the conversation providing support and helping those who need it we can save lives and prevent suicides.
In the 86th legislative session I authored HCR 137 which designated September as Suicide Prevention Month in the State of Texas. The Coastal Bend took the lead in realizing that suicide exacts a heavy toll on our state leaving too many people to cope with the sudden loss of someone they hold dear.
- To learn more about Suicide Prevention Month and the significance of this awareness month please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifelines website at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
- The Lifeline can also be contacted at 1-800-273-8255 which provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress or prevention and crisis resources.
- Additional information about risk factors and prevention information is also available on the National Alliance on Mental Illness website here: https://www.nami.org.
A greater awareness of suicide warning signs and intervention strategies can play an important role in reducing the number of these senseless tragedies.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned above please dont hesitate to call my Capitol or District Offices. As always my offices are available at any time to assist with questions concerns or comments (Capitol Office: 512-463-0672; District Office: 361-949-4603).
And feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas State Agency or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services.
Texas State Representative Todd Hunter represents Texas House District 32 covering Aransas Calhoun Nueces (Part) and San Patricio Counties. Email him at email@example.com