Veterans make up about 7.9% of the U.S. population, but account for about 13.5% percent of suicides in the country, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The “988” line is intended to be a faster, easy-to-remember way to get help in a mental health emergency. Calls to the new number will be routed to the already-in-existence National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Self-reported symptoms of anxiety and depression among American adults have more than tripled during the pandemic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A series of bills aimed at improving mental health care systems in Maryland are under consideration in the Maryland General Assembly.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24 in 2017. Howard County is on a mission to change that. Awareness, reducing stigma, and prevention are just a few parts of the plan. For one Howard County mother, it was her loss that moved her to action.