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Suicide Prevention Month an Opportunity to Address Stigma

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Thursday, September 15, 2022   

CORRECTION: NAMI's full name is the National Alliance of Mental Illness. (September 15, 3pm MT)


September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to shed light on a what has been a highly taboo and stigmatized topic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Arkansas 19th in the nation for suicides as a per capita cause of death in 2020.

Buster Lackey, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Arkansas (NAMI), said it is important to raise awareness about suicide to let individuals know help and resources are available.

"Last year, we had about 583 known suicide deaths in the state," Lackey reported. "That's up 41%. So that's because of the pandemic, that is what NAMI is doing. We have the support groups, we have the educational program, we have the toll-free helpline that we run 24/7 that works in conjunction with 988, the new national-rollout three-digit suicide number."

Suicide is not just a growing issue in Arkansas but across the nation. The CDC reported in 2020, suicide was responsible for nearly 46,000 deaths.

Lackey pointed out the National Alliance on Mental Illness works through outreach efforts with Black churches to help reduce the stigma of suicide and mental-health issues in the community.

"I just think it is one of those taboo subjects. No one wants to talk about it, especially among the Black population and African Americans," Lackey observed. "Mental health in general is taboo. Two weeks ago, I spoke at an AME church on a Saturday, and we had about 80 people there, and over half of them said that they should probably be in counseling. But we're trying to break that stigma across all the races, ethnic groups."

To prevent suicide, Lackey argued it is essential for people to pay attention to the warning signs, and if something seems different, to ask the person if they are OK and if you can help them.

"If they're talking about suicide, you need to pay attention," Lackey urged. "It doesn't mean they're going to do it. If they've got a plan to do it, you need to seek intervention immediately. Wanting to die is another big sign, giving away possessions, especially if it's their prized possessions, and they're starting to give stuff away, that's another sign. Withdrawal, isolation from people."


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