Advances in Health: Addressing Suicide Among Young Black Americans

Advances in Health

(WTNH) — In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide — more than the number of traffic fatalities and almost double the number of homicides for the year. The statistics speak for themselves — suicide is a public health problem, but it is preventable.

September marks National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, a time dedicated to shedding light on an often taboo subject. It also serves as a call to action that there is work to be done.

“Suicide is a real issue, but it is a problem we can solve,” said Dr. John Santopietro, physician-in-chief of Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network (BHN).

Some warning signs of suicide, include:

  • Significant shifts in mood and behavior.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Posting on social media about end of life.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or behaviors, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255.

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network also offers a 24/7 Community Care Center with access to a licensed clinician, free of charge. If you need help or know of someone who may need help, call the CCC hotline at 1.833.621.0600 to be connected with a BHN clinician.

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