Experts: To prevent suicide, we have to feel comfortable talking about it

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States but is still not talked about due to the feeling of awkwardness.

As our society becomes more advanced with technology, people still feel awkward asking questions and raising concerns about loved ones.

Wallace Community College Student Coordinator Brandy Dowdey said the new focus is removing the stigma around suicide as a topic of conversation.

“So we don’t want it to be a taboo thing anymore,” Dowdey said. “We want it to be something that we can actually talk about, feel uncomfortable. Sure, it’s an uncomfortable situation, but it’s worth the uncomfortability to ask the questions.”

But what has come with our societal advances are services to assist people with suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

Like SpectraCare, many places offer ways to help people with mental illness and tips to help their loved ones.

“The important thing is to have a support system in place,” Prevention Coordinator Candy Gaff said.
“Have a friend you can talk to, have a family member, your parent, or if you don’t feel comfortable talking to one of your parents or guardians, reach out to a pastor or to a teacher at school.”

SpectraCare’s 24-hour crisis number is 1-800-951-HELP, or 4357.

There is also a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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