The voice of the community:

Our small town of Rohnert Park experienced a tragedy last week that no one wants to experience. Condolences to the family during their period of mourning.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 19 in the United States, and rates of youth suicide and hospitalization for self-harm are increasing, particularly among young adolescents.

A 2019 survey estimated that about 1 in 5 high school students nationwide had considered suicide in previous years.

The risk of suicide is higher for some groups than for others. Young women try to kill themselves more often, but young men are more likely to kill themselves.

Nationally, American Indian or Alaskan native youth have the highest suicide rate among racial and ethnic groups. Youth from sexual and gender minorities are more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their non-LGBTQ teens. Other common factors of youth suicide include mental illness, previous suicide attempts, family history or mental disorder, poor family communication, stressful life events, fatal pathways and exposure to suicidal behavior of others.

With Mental Health Month on the horizon, these are ways to bond and get help. Spend time with your family and friends. Try not to isolate yourself. Go to events with friends. Get involved with your community. Go out and volunteer with other members of the community.

Mental health issues are a big part of suicide. Find help quickly.

Common signs of mental health issues are that nothing makes you happy anymore. You may feel sad and hopeless for a long time. Sometimes you feel like there are many things that are happening in everyday life that you cannot cope with. Do you feel anxious, stressed or scared for months? Do you notice any weird things that won’t go away? Do you hear voices that others cannot? Are you eating or drinking more or less than usual? Are you worried about going to school or to work? Do you avoid the family by staying in your room for days on end and feel exhausted, always tired or sick? If you see any of these things, see a doctor or professional.

Many people feel like they are alone and no one else has this problem. Talk to someone and they might tell you that they’ve been through the same things as well, but talking to family and friends helps.

Losing a loved one to suicide is extremely difficult. You will continue to wonder if I could have done more to help them. You will probably feel ashamed and angry because you don’t understand why things were turned out this way.

You don’t have to have a mental illness to think about suicide. Some people do it because they don’t know what else to do. Some people go to a dark space but don’t know how to get rid of these feelings. Talking honestly about suicide is a good way to tell if someone needs help.

Some ways to deal with losing one of them to suicide is to tell yourself that it’s okay to feel a lot. The feelings are real. Find a support group and talk about it.

Some people will talk openly about suicidal thoughts, but again, many people will keep their feelings a secret.

Some warning signs become evident when the person talks about suicide. Others may use more drugs and alcohol and tell others that there is no reason to live. Some find it difficult to control their anger or want to be left alone and big mood swings are evident.

There are many myths about suicide, but a person commits suicide almost every day. One in nine people have had thoughts of suicide. People who kill themselves don’t necessarily want to end their life. They just want to get rid of the bad things in their life.

A suicide attempt shows someone needs help and people who attempt suicide often think it will stop the pain and suicide is the only way to stop the pain because the feelings are real and very hard to handle. to manage.

There are several places to ask for help. The Wellness and Advocacy Center, 2245 Challenger Way, Santa Rosa, 707-565-7800; Petaluma Peer Recovery Project, 5350 Old Redwood Hwy., # 600, Petaluma, 707-765-127-; Interlock Self Help Center, 1033 4th St., Santa Rosa, 707-546-4481.

These programs receive funding under the Mental Health Services Act approved by voters. Buckelew’s Suicide Prevention Hotline offers free, confidential 24/7 emergency assistance for calls with suicidal thoughts as well as for friends and family concerned about a loved one.

You’ve probably heard about the rising suicide rates in the media. Right now, youth suicide rates are at their highest levels since 2000. Suicide is preventable and there are things you can do to support others and help change the statistics.

Whether you have a child at home or work with young people, it is important to check their condition and mental health. Many teens go through periods of bad moods and withdrawals, so you should seek professional help if your child is showing signs of depression or other mental health issues.

The LGBTQIA + community is full of people who have experienced similar ups and downs. Talk to someone who understands how you struggle and how to deal with these dark times, and who feels understood and supported.

If you or a family member is feeling depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255,

Mental Prevention Awareness Week begins October 3. In the first week of October, NAMI and participants from across the country raise awareness about mental illness, fight discrimination and offer support.

There is a local office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness located at 182 Farmers Ln., Santa Rosa. 866-960-6264 if you feel the need to speak with professionals.

If you are feeling stressed, worried, or frustrated with COVID-19, call the CalHOPE warm line to connect with people who offer emotional support and coping mechanisms. Call 833-317-4673 to speak to a peer counselor.

In conclusion, men and women differ in pattern of psychological characteristics that predict suicidal ideation and, in factors, predicting vulnerability. Suicide prevention strategies must take gender differences into account.

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