Suicide is on the rise like never before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the U.S. suicide rate has jumped 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, and suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. This may come as no surprise in a time when depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, and addiction are so prevalent in our culture. And suicide prevention expert Dr. Mark Goulston sees these shocking statistics as a burning platform to share an urgent message of help and hope to anyone who’s at risk.
“Even with increased awareness surrounding the mental health issues that can lead to suicide, this tragic epidemic continues to claim lives,” says Dr. Goulston, one of the country’s leading experts on suicide prevention and the co-creator of the new video/podcast documentary Stay Alive, which is available here on YouTube (#StayAliveNow). “To stop it, we need to address suicide prevention head-on and not only find a way to reach people who are at risk, but promote understanding and compassion in society at large so that we can all identify and help the vulnerable people in our population. And there is no time to waste.”[Read more…]