In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, NOVACares Case Manager MaryAnn Raybuck shared vital information to students, faculty and staff on establishing a worldwide commitment and action plan to prevent suicides.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates have increased by 30 percent since 1999. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally.
Raybuck emphasized during her presentation, “Promoting Hope: Suicide Awareness and Prevention,” that untreated, undiagnosed or ineffectively treated depression is the number one cause of suicide. She also shared several myths surrounding suicide, detecting warning signs and how to start a conversation when you are concerned about someone.
“Suicide is an attempt to solve a problem of intense emotional pain with impaired problem-solving skills,” said Raybuck. “Look for suicide warning signs by observing the way a person talks, their behavior and overall mood. Always try to have resources on hand and adequate time to spend with the person. Gently note your observations, be compassionate, but direct, listen, express your concern and never agree to keep it a secret.”
A table session was also made available for students to receive informational materials and take home stress relievers. As part of suicide awareness/prevention week, therapy dogs visited the campus to serve as a friendly stress reliever for students and staff. For additional information on offered NOVACares services, visit their website.