MENTAL HEALTH | August 28, 2023
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Suicide is a profound and pervasive concern in modern society. It doesn’t discriminate, touching all demographics and communities.

While many of us know to call 911 during a physical emergency, understanding where to turn during a mental or emotional crisis isn’t always as clear. Thankfully, with the establishment of 988, a national suicide and crisis-related emergency number, help is just a few digits away.

  • Global Scope: Every year, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide, which amounts to one person every 40 seconds. For every suicide, there are many more people who attempt it.
  • U.S. Statistics: In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with an average of 132 suicides per day.
  • Youth Impact: The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men, but there has been a notable increase in young adults and even teenagers taking their own lives or attempting to.

988 isn’t just a number—it’s a lifeline. And it’s making mental health support more accessible than ever before. Here’s what you need to know:

  • What Does 988 Provide? This number connects individuals to free and confidential emotional support 24/7, ensuring those in crisis aren’t left isolated.
  • The Call Experience: When you call 988, you’re met with a simple automated greeting that will guide you to the appropriate support. Whether you’re a military member, veteran, or a civilian in distress, the system swiftly connects you to a licensed counselor. This professional will listen, understand, and help navigate your emotional turmoil, connecting you to additional resources if needed.
  • Text and Online Options: For those uncomfortable with voice calls, 988 offers text-based support. Additionally, an online chat feature is available on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website, providing another layer of accessibility.
  • Is 988 Effective? Since its inception in 2005, this lifeline has established over 200 Crisis Centers, and their positive impact on mental health is backed by numerous studies. Callers often report feeling less distressed and more hopeful after using these services.

As the conversation around mental health continues to evolve and become destigmatized, it’s essential to have resources like 988 readily available. Remember, if you or someone you know is struggling, don’t hesitate—reach out. There’s a world of support waiting to help.

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The United States is experiencing a suicidal, mental health, and substance use crisis:

  • In 2021, a person died by suicide every 11 minutes.
  • Suicide was the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10–14 and 25–34.
  • Suicide rates increased significantly among non-Hispanic Black & American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • Nearly 900,000 youth ages 12–17 and 1.7 million adults attempted suicide.
  • 46.3 million people ages 12 or older had a substance use disorder in the past year.
  • In 2021, nearly 107,000 people died from a drug overdose.

988 is an easy-to-remember number that is providing greater access to life-saving services.

Whether you’re experiencing thoughts of suicide, a mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress, there is compassionate support available through the 988 Lifeline.

Do not wait to schedule your appointment.

Kenosha Community Health Center has many appointment options in Kenosha and Silver Lake to meet your needs.

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