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Latinos are a big focus of National Suicide Prevention Week on Sept. 10-16, 2017.
Young Latinos are more likely than their peers to attempt suicide. High levels of stress, from discrimination, poverty and bullying, play a big role in this high percentage rate, according to our new Mental Health & Latino Kids Research.
Start by knowing the signs.
Here is a few examples of warning signs, according to the Mental Health America of Texas.
- Feeling hopeless. According to our research, 32.6% of Latino students reported feelings of hopelessness and sadness that continued for more than two weeks and resulted in decreased participation in activities they had previously enjoyed, a study found.
- Withdrawal from family, friends, and society
- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger
- Not sleeping, or sleeping all the time
- Experiencing dramatic mood changes
- Feeling trapped, like there is no way out
Join the community in promoting suicide awareness by sharing the following resources with family, friends, community leaders, school personnel, and state officials.
- #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree: Nami HelpLine or Text NAMI to 741741: NAMI’s Compartiendo Esperanza a 90 minute program
- Public Schools and Educator Resources: Texas Suicide Prevention: ASK App.
- #StopSuicide or #NSPW: Get involved with AFSP through their website.
- National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) a free, 24 hour hotline. Confidential Chat also available free, 24/7.
- Out of the Darkness Walks host community, campus, and overnight.
- Bexar County Behavioral Health & Wellness Center Conference October 20-21, 2017.
- #BeTheDifference Campaign: Join the Twitter Chat campaign on September 21 with Mental Health First Aid.
Lets talk about this, and change the stigma of mental health and suicide!