As we approach the end of National Suicide Prevention Month, I would like to reiterate the importance of facing the public health challenge posed by suicide.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages, exceeding murder or car accidents, according to the CDC. But we can work to prevent it.
An important local resource is the Westchester Department of Community Mental Health, which recommends calling one of the following number in the event of a psychiatric emergency:
• Crisis Prevention and Response Team at (914) 925-5959
• National Suicide Hotline (800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255
• Or, 911, as in any emergency
Suicide affects people of all ages, races and backgrounds. However, by being informed, perceptive, proactive and supportive, we can help protect our families, friends and community from suicide.