National Suicide Prevention Week is the week of September 7-13, 2016.
This week is to inform and to intrigue our community about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide. Shining a light on this topic will hopefully diminish the stigma of those with mental health issues. Support is very important. Support means everything to those battling mental health issues. The theme for the week is “Strong as one, stronger together.” Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is the 2nd most common cause of death for those ages 10-24 in the U.S. These rates seem to be increasing each year. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. People under the age of 24 and older than 65 are at an increased risk of suicide.
Senior suicides account for 20 percent of all aged suicides. Elderly suicide is usually the result of many factors, physical illness, depression, and a recent loss. Depression is the most common cause for senior suicide. Family members and healthcare professionals need to be aware of changes in behavior. Changes in behavior may be a sign of depression that may lead to suicide. 1/3 of seniors experience depression. Senior depression is not normal, but it can be treated. CompassionCare Hospice knows elderly depression needs to be recognized and treated.