Suicide Prevention Awareness and Resources

We were reminded this week that no one is immune to feelings that could lead to suicide with the death of former Miss USA Chesile Kryst. As a successful attorney, national entertainment correspondent, crowned Miss USA 2019, the 30-something seemed to be living the dream life. The National Institute of Mental Health lists some common risk factors for suicide, including mental illness, depression, and anxiety, but also notes that anything can trigger suicidal thoughts. You may not see these signs, so staying in touch with relatives and friends of all ages is essential. The CDC says suicidal thoughts increased by 44% among people under the age of 18. Listen carefully and acknowledge the feelings. If you suspect someone is having harmful thoughts, ask them directly about those thoughts and get help. There are resources like the Crisis and Suicide Line in Birmingham, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Crisis Text. Watch all your friends, especially the strong ones, as well as the younger ones. You may never outwardly see their internal struggles. We have resources to help people struggling with suicidal thoughts below. MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Crisis Center Birmingham Crisis & Suicide Line in Birmingham – 205-323-7777 Crisis Text Line – Text HELLO to 741741 Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255

We were reminded this week that no one is immune to feelings that could lead to suicide with the death of former Miss USA Chesile Kryst. As a successful attorney, national entertainment correspondent, crowned Miss USA 2019, the 30-something seemed to be living the dream life.

The National Institute of Mental Health lists some common risk factors for suicide, including mental illness, depression, and anxiety, but also notes that anything can trigger suicidal thoughts.

You may not see these signs, so staying in touch with relatives and friends of all ages is essential. The CDC says suicidal thoughts have increased by 44% among those under 18.

Listen carefully and acknowledge the feelings. If you suspect someone is having harmful thoughts, ask them directly about those thoughts and get help.

There are resources like the Crisis and Suicide Line in Birmingham, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Crisis Text.

Watch all your friends, especially the stronger ones, as well as the younger ones. You may never outwardly see their internal struggles.

We have resources to help people struggling with suicidal thoughts below.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Birmingham Crisis Center

Birmingham Crisis and Suicide Line – 205-323-7777

Crisis text line – Text HELLO to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255