June is PTSD Awareness Month

Help educate your community about the effective PTSD treatments that are available. Studies show that suicide risk is higher in persons with PTSD. Mental or addictive disorders are associated with 90% of suicides.  In 2020, the most recent figures available, suicide was the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10 – 24.  In a survey conducted by the CDC, 19.2% of Tennessee High School Youth said that they had “seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months.”

Suicide is one of the leading causes of PREVENTABLE death. Many times, young people who attempt suicide exhibit clear warning signs before an attempt. By knowing the warning signs associated with suicide and knowing how to help, you could save a life.

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and/or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.