In addition to the opioid epidemic, Dr. Joe Parks with the National Council for Behavioral Health encourages awareness around the suicide epidemic. As the nation’s suicide rate continues to rise, it’s imperative we address it. By understanding the warning signs and asking if someone has thoughts of suicide, you can become part of the solution.
Identifying, intervening and supporting suicidal individuals must extend beyond Suicide Awareness Month. The sooner we can collectively increase our awareness and willingness to discuss suicide, the more lives we can save.