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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

Among leading causes of death, suicide ranks 11th. Homicide ranks 13th.
If our minds are not healthy, then our bodies are not healthy.
Every year World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10 to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides. Events and activities are held to raise awareness that suicide is a preventable cause of premature death.
One of the keys to preventing suicide is knowing what to look for. Some of the risk factors of suicide include:
⦁ depression and other mental disorders
⦁ substance abuse
⦁ previous suicide attempt
⦁ famliy history of mental disorder or substance abuse
⦁ family history of suicide
⦁ family violence, such as physical or sexual abuse
⦁ incarceration
Each one of these factors are in some way interrelated and can contribute to feelings of pain and hopelessness.
As of 2011, it is estimated that one million people die by suicide each year- that’s one death every 40 seconds. The death toll per year is expected to reach 1.5 million by 2020.
If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide don’t be afraid to seek help. There are other solutions to your problems.
For crisis intervention call “The Phone” (225) 924-3900 or (800) 437-0303 -toll free. Someone is there to listen to you 24 hours a day.
If you are a current service member or veteran call (800) 273-8255 and press 1 for confidential crisis support for you and your family.
“Suicide is a whispered word, inappropriate for polite company. Family and friends often pretend they do not hear the word’s dread sound even when it is uttered. For suicide is a taboo subject that stigmatizes not only the victim but the survivors as well.”
-Earl A. Grollman, author

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Author:Camilla Jo

Camille "Cam" Johnese is a 22 year old native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was a graduate of Belaire High School in 2009, and left for the military immediately after. She is currently in her fifth year serving the Army (National Guard) as an information technology specialist. Camille is a spoken word artist and former dancer. As a slam poet she was ranked one of Baton Rouge's top six individual youth poets in 2006, and has also competed on a national level. As a civilian she works as a secretary. Camille is a lover of art, books, and spirituality. As a columnist for “The Rouge Collection” she takes pride in bringing the best and latest stories of health and fitness from around the world. Camille is a brand ambassador for the innovative brand ENERGYbits and an aspiring entrepreneur. With her passion for health and fitness, and her desire to help people being her driving force, Camille intends to launch a personal brand within the next 5 years that will give people the tools and motivation to get healthy and fit, and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Everyday she strives to be a better person than she was the day before, and to do one more thing in an attempt to reach her goals.

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