In the recent years, suicide has reached public health crisis proportions. The rates of suicide in the developed world continue to climb. Geography, access to healthcare, unique stressors and many other factors are contributing to the disparity in numbers when quantifying how suicide affects different communities. Healthcare facilities and providers alike are at the front lines of this war. However, the ones we trust to combat suicide are not immune from its effects. Here are a few facts to help us understand and hopefully prevent suicide.
Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event.
Medical Providers and Departments at the front lines
Suicide of the Caregivers
Suicide is preventable. We need to re-examine how we equip our healthcare professionals to deal with this epidemic. We also need to re-examine our priorities as a society and address the stressors we put in our members. We need more research and we need to be kinder to one another.
Tools and Resources
It is not a cliché, AB Med cares about the communities and the facilities we are called to serve.
REFERENCES / RESOURCES
- World Health Organization. (2014). Preventing suicide: A global imperative. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/world_report_2014/en/
By: Erik McLaughlin MD, MPH and Aikaterini Papadopoulou, B.Arch