The Dallas Police Department is recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week, which began on Sunday, September 8, 2019. This annual week-long campaign is to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs. Data shows that the population of Texas is estimated at 29.09 million. The three cities with more than 1 million people includes Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Out of all 50 states, Texas is ranked as 10th with the lowest suicide rate.
There are several reasons why people commit suicide. It is often an act that is made during a storm of strong emotions. Research shows the following are several reasons why people are led to the decision of suicide:
- Mental Illness
- Traumatic Stress
- Substance Abuse and Impulsivity
- Loss or fear of loss
- Chronic Pain and Terminal Illness
- Social Isolation
- Cry for help
Everyone can help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
More information about Lifeline can be found on their website at: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/