Suicide Prevention

Spring is when suicide is at an all time high.

The spring is when deaths by suicide are at an all time high.

"You would think it would be more in the winter, but studies show it's actually more in the spring," said Linda Troutman- Zelows of The Neighborhood Center.

She says environmental factors such as pollen and change in light can play a role. Linda Troutman-Zelows also says that generally people are happier in the spring and there are more happy events this time of the year such as weddings which can make things worse for people who are suffering from depression. She shares some warning signs of people struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

"You may see them withdrawing from people they know--- that they normally hangout with. Lack of motivation, change of mood, change in appetite," Troutman-Zellows explains.

There are many places to get help. 

"The Mobile Crisis Assessment Team, MCAT, is available 24/7. It's free to any resident."

MCAT's number is 1-844-732-6228. People can also receive help from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

And for those who are struggling, Linda Troutman-Zelows has this message.

"There are so much available to you. Never give up hope. Never ever give up hope.There is always something good out there."

 


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