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Help is always on your side

Nadine Haddad, Staff Writer

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If you look up anything on Google related to suicide, the first thing you will find is the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). Suicide is an extremely serious and sensitive topic that many students around us are struggling with; therefore, it is important to get help as soon as possible.

According to the National Institution of Mental Health, suicide was the second highest cause of death from ages 14 to 34 in 2015. NIMH states, “Over the past 15 years, the total suicide rate has increased 24% from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000.” With these numbers climbing, it is important that Milton High School, the state and nation take more precautions in preventing people from harming themselves and taking their own lives.

Being suicidal is not in itself a mental illness, but a byproduct of mental disorders including major depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder if left untreated.

Some warning signs of suicide include the following:

  • Withdrawal: This includes shutting one’s self from their friends, families and loved ones as well as losing interest in enjoyable activities.
  • Lengthy unhappiness and moodiness: This may include unforeseen rage and mood swings.
  • Hopelessness: With hopelessness comes a lack of motivation for daily activities.
  • Sleep problems
  • Unforeseen calmness: Making the decision to end one’s life may lead to one having sudden calmness after a period of depression.

Listed below are some of the many ways to get help anytime it is needed:

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 — operating 24/7.
  • Talk to your parents, other family members and loved ones that you trust.
  • Join a support group and make a safety plan.
  • Talk to your counselor and get to know Milton’s therapist.
  • There are other free therapy hotlines, such as online psychology chatting.
  • Some alternatives to therapy include the following: yoga, hypnosis, chiropractic treatments, massages, acupuncture, biofeedback, aromatherapy and herbal remedies.

Giving help is just as important as getting help. Parents and friends to potential suicide victims are encouraged to research more about this serious subject and find ways to help. You never know if your child or dear friend may be on the path towards taking his or her own life.

Julia Harris is Milton’s new therapist who will be available for students every Thursday at school. See more: https://theeagleedition.com/643/uncategorized/get-to-know-miltons-therapist/

REMEMBER: If you or someone you know is considering suicide, it is vital to get help as soon as possible and reach out to others. Always remember that you are not alone, and there are many people out there that will understand what you are going through. Be strong. Life is worth living, and things will get better.

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