Segment One: Today on JENNIE

JENNIE Show Episode 8

TELEVISION PARK- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255

We are talking about a subject that is intensely painful and often times private–  suicide.

But here’s the thing:  suicide is a potentially preventable public health problem.  And women can play a big role here, as advocates and listeners… because men take their lives nearly four times the rate of women, accounting for 78% of suicides in the United States. We’re talking about the men we love: our husbands, sons, brothers and fathers.

A survivor of suicide loss will talk to us in a little while about her father… but first, the suicide rate among civilians is troubling, but unfortunately, the rate among our veterans is nearly twice as high.

Government statistics show 22 Veterans die everyday from suicide. Lisa Gerardot, the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at Charlie Norwood VA, is here to help us identify veterans who might be at risk.  She has important warning signs we need to be aware of, including feelings of being hopeless, out of control, angry or trapped.

In 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death is the United States. That year, the families of 43,000 suicide victims had to learn to move forward, one day at a time.

Depression carries a high risk of suicide.

Anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very seriously.

Do not hesitate to call your local suicide hotline immediately:  800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)

or 800-273-TALK (8255).

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