Incidents on the railroad tracks run the gamut from people taking shortcuts on the right-of-way, would-be models posing on tracks as a background, to homeless encampments, and tragically, suicide attempts.
Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention.
“People attempt suicide because they’re in terrible psychological pain and can’t think of any other solution,” said Kita S. Curry, President and CEO of Didi Hirsch. “We know this because calls to our Crisis Line from people contemplating suicide—and worried friends and family — increase every time the number is advertised. If we all learn the warning signs of suicide and how to respond, we can save lives.”
May is National Mental Health Month, a time when many groups and organizations strive to raise awareness of the struggles faced by those with mental health conditions. In spite of the fact that as many as one in every five adults in the United States have some form of mental health problem, there is still a great deal of stigma and shame attached to being diagnosed with mental illness.
To learn more, discover risk factors and get information about the suicide warning signs, visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website (click here) or for more information about Mental Health Month (click here).