The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8th-14th. This year's campaign encourages people to reach out through their community circles on Face book, Twitter and other social media platforms to highlight prevention efforts and link to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at www.facebook.com/800273TALK .
"We applaud this social media initiative that also includes an activity - Badge Bingo - designed to help boost support networks," said Dr. Brian Hepburn, Director of DHMH's Mental Hygiene Administration. "The educational game rewards players who earn 10 badges."
Suicide remains of the leading causes of death in Maryland. Risk factors do not predict a suicide but are characteristics that make it more likely that an individual will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. Risk factors may include: hopelessness, impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies, isolation, alcohol and/or other substance use, financial loss, and family history of suicide. Warning signs of someone at risk of suicide may include: talking about wanting to die, talking about no reason to live, talking about being a burden to other, increasing use of alcohol and drugs, withdrawing, displaying extreme mood swings, and sleeping little or too much.
Spread the word. Post prevention activities, play Badge Bingo, and post or add a link to suicide hot line numbers: Maryland's hot line network 1-800-422-0009 and the National Suicide hot line number is 1-800-273-TALK.