Death by suicide is the #1 killer of individuals from 15 – 24 years old and the #10 killer of individuals in America. And when you dive in to the statistics of our population that have experienced trauma, the numbers understandably mount. Twenty two veterans take their lives daily. Adopted children are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide. Trauma plays a serious role in the conversation of suicide and cannot be ignored by those of us involved in the lives of kids from hard places.
As menacing as the statistics seem, there is hope and power in two key terms readily embraced by the adoptive/foster care world.
CONNECTION and BELONGING.
In this weeks episode of the Mama’s Well Podcast, Whitcomb Terpening, MSW, LCSW-S – founder of The Semicolon Group provides a vital explanation of the role of connection in the reduction of suicidal thoughts and behavior. And amidst the great advice and resources given, host Tara Hutton opens up about her own family experience of suicide.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.