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Suicide: What Am I Supposed to Do About it?
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In the previous weeks we saw an influx of posts about suicide, how to talk about it and where/how to get help. Unfortunately, as is common, the conversation has dwindled. How do we keep this conversation going and how do we prevent another loss? Why do you even need to be worried? 

Starting with the why, in recent reports from Center of Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates have continued to increase at least 30% in most states since 1999. In Missouri those rates have increased from 31-37% since 1999. The CDC and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s most recent reports state on average, one person dies every 8 hours by suicide in the state of Missouri. This average puts Missouri at the state rank of 13 for rates of suicide. It is also important to note that a number of these suicides involved someone who did not have a known mental illness. 

Regardless of the high number of those effected, suicide and mental health are still taboo subjects for many. We feel uncomfortable when someone mentions suicidal thoughts, depression or anxiety, whether we can relate or not. We worry we will say the wrong thing or not say enough. The good news is we don’t have to have all the right comments, words or answers when it comes to communicating about suicide. If we just listen, have meaningful conversations, check in and support, our efforts can go a long way. We need to lean into the uncomfortable and awkward part of these conversations to take steps in decreasing rates of suicide. 

Here is a list of things you can do to help continue the conversation to work toward zero suicide:

1. Start and maintain conversations with your family and friends about mental health, making mental health a part of your daily conversations. Check out this video to help you get a better idea of what this currently awkward conversation can look like - 

2. Encourage friends and family to check in with a mental health professional and follow your own encouragement to see a professional as needed! 

3. Check out the upcoming 5th Annual Suicide Prevention and Awareness Conference in Cape Girardeau on July 19th. A free conference to provide you with information and tools to help prevention and awareness efforts. There is even a track this year for adolescents to attend and receive specific education for their age group. View the schedule and register here: 

4. Following the annual conference, there is an opportunity to attend a self-care and wellness workshop and/or attend the training on leading the self-care and wellness workshop on July 20th presented by A Voice at the Table ( ). Everyone is invited to attend; there is a cost for this event. Register here 

5. Take a mental health first aid course to learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders 

6. Become involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, learn more about their efforts online at 

7. In health or behavioral health care? Check out the Zero Suicide initiative 

8. Share this post and leave comments on your ideas on changing the conversation and decreasing the rates of suicide. 

If you or a loved one need to talk to someone right away about suicide or self harm thoughts call 1-800-356-5395 or text HOME to 741741. 

Contact us today at the The Hancock Center to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified clinicians 573-388-2246 or

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