The key to lowering the suicide rate is prevention, including education about recognizing suicidal behavior and improving support resources for those who are at risk.
The topic of suicide is often not talked about, due to stigma around mental health and substance abuse issues. People experiencing a crisis or suicidal behavior may feel fearful about how others will react to them. This can contribute to feelings of isolation and shame, and detracts from crucial suicide prevention resources for those at risk. It’s important when thinking about suicide prevention, to address myths that perpetuate beliefs about suicidal behavior.
Download Cascade's Suicide Prevention Support booklet for more information and resources.