Opinion: Suicide rates are too high in Minnesota – Detroit Lakes Tribune

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide rates in Minnesota declined slightly in 2020, but it’s important to remember that there was a record number of suicides in 2019, and it was the sixth straight year that more than 700 Minnesotans died. committed suicide. There are far too many deaths and many families are devastated by these deaths.

Just as many people know first aid, people need to know the warning signs of suicide and what to do. Some of the warning signs include:

  • Previous suicide attempts.
  • Statements revealing a desire to die.
  • Expressions of despair or having no reason to live.
  • Prolonged depression, being very sad.
  • Sudden changes in behavior.
  • Unexplained anger, aggression or irritability.
  • Withdrawing from friends and family, giving away valuable possessions.
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits.
  • Using drugs or alcohol more often.

If you’re worried about yourself, a family member, or a friend, know that caring help is available. There is hope. People can now call or text 988 to be connected with a qualified adviser.
All counties in Minnesota have a Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team that can help in a crisis. And in Minnesota, 911 operators are supposed to connect people to the mobile crisis team when needed.

NAMI Minnesota offers several suicide prevention courses in September, including QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), which teaches the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide.

Suicide is a public health problem and is preventable. Please join the effort to save lives. Learn more about steps you can take and resources in your community by visiting the NAMI Minnesota website at www.namimn.org.

(NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illness and their families through its education, support and advocacy programs)

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