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Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. A topic that isn't talked about as often as it should be. Suicide may be prevented by staying ahead of mental health concerns, reaching out for help and believing things will get better. Know you're never alone.

Everyone is affected by suicide not just the victim. Many of us have had some experience, even distantly, with suicide or a suicide attempt. At Great Plains Mental Health we strive to be a safe haven for those experiencing thoughts of suicide. On average, one person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes. Two-thirds of the people who commit suicide suffer from depression. This number is too high and is only rising.

One way to aide in preventing suicide or suicide attempts is to get treatment for depression as soon as possible. Working with the right therapist or nurse practitioner can save lives. Learning more about suicide and what to do if you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts is important.

Some warning signs someone may be thinking about suicide are:

* Social withdrawal and isolation

* Talking about wanting to die or not be here anymore

* Saying they have no way out of their current life situation

* Feeling overwhelmed with finances, a change in their life, a significant loss

* Saying others would be better off without them

* Saying goodbye to family or friends and giving away personal items

If you need emergency assistance contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 or find help at To make an appointment with our team call our office at 402-614-0010. There is relief from depression.

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