In honor and recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, GoodTherapy.org will be hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific using the hashtag #StopSuicide.We will be discussing suicide prevention and awareness with professionals and experts in the mental health field, in an effort to demystify suicide and identify resources for helping those who may be suicidal.
By bringing therapists and organizations together online, we hope to educate people about suicidal ideation and prevent people from taking their lives. Data reported by the Centers for Disease Control indicates that suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2011.Trends show that the rate of suicide has generally been rising for the last 10 years, and that suicides are far more common among men than women.
Sharing insight about suicide and talking about mental health issues, even in the informal context of social media, helps draw attention to concerns like suicide in a way that benefits all mental health professionals, advocates for mental health awareness, and people who may be experiencing mental health issues themselves. We believe that by talking about these issues and collaborating with others, we get closer to finding solutions for suicide prevention and eliminating mental health problems—efforts we are especially passionate about at GoodTherapy.org.
With this Twitter chat, we hope to hear from people impacted by suicide and suicidal ideation, and we will share news, information, and inspiration for good mental health. As always, we bring our dedication to and advocacy for ethical therapy practices and encourage therapy as a primary healing method.
Please join us! We invite all psychotherapists and mental health professionals, as well as organizations in the mental health field and any individuals who are interested in this important topic. Use your Twitter account to chime in with your thoughts on how we can prevent and stop suicide, using the hashtag #StopSuicide.
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