Suicide rates in the United States have increased, according to a recent study.suicide awareness ribbon

From 1999 to 2014, the number of suicides increased for both males and females, from the ages of 10 to 74 years old.

The greatest increases were among men aged 45 to 64 and females aged 10 to 14.

Contrary to popular thought, there is not a correlation between suicides and the holiday season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the national suicide rate actually is at its lowest in December.

Even so, suicide remains a major public health issue that occurs throughout the year.

Suicide prevention

Reaching out to a hotline always is an option when an individual contemplating suicide needs to talk to someone.

The national suicide prevention lifeline is (800) 273-8255. Its services are available 24 hours every day.

There are a number of other things that individuals who are at risk can do for self-care when suicide is a consideration:

  • Take a walk outside.
  • Write a love letter to themselves.
  • Write about something they are grateful for in their lives. (It can be a person, place or thing.)
  • Create a happy playlist and a coping playlist.
  • Treat themselves to a favorite snack.
  • Watch their favorite movie.
  • Say thank you to someone who has helped them recently.
  • Create a do-it-yourself kit of self-care items that make them feel better.
  • Take a new fitness class at the gym (yoga, Zumba, etc.).
  • Plan a lunch date with someone they haven’t seen in a while.
  • Pamper themselves with an at-home spa day.
  • Take a day off from social media and the internet.
  • Take the time to stop, stand and stretch for two minutes.
  • Take a hot shower or bath.
  • Take themselves out to dinner.
  • De-clutter their minds: Write down five things that are bothering them, and then literally throw the list away.
  • Donate three pieces of clothing they no longer wear.
  • Take a mental health vacation day from school, work, etc.