September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Guthrie is reminding individuals who are suffering from suicidal ideation, and their families that not only is there help available, but hope too.
One person dies every 11 minutes in this country as a result of suicide, according to the CDC. In 2020 alone, 1.2 million adults attempted suicide, with around 11 million more thinking about it.
Guthrie has provided warning signs that those who are contemplating suicide may show and to look out for.
- Seem more depressed or withdrawn
- May start giving things away that were important to them
- Looking online for ways to harm themselves or already engaging in self-injury
- May be irritable which would be out of character
- May be drinking or using drugs more
- Eating too much or little
- Sleeping too much or too little
If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org. You can also call the Cortland County Crisis Line at (607) 756-3771.