In 2017, of the 47,000 suicides that took place, those that are 65 years old and above accounted for more than 8,500 of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NPR, 2017.) These numbers are prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced millions of older Americans to isolate themselves even more. Now, more than ever, is a critical time intervene and help our seniors struggling with thoughts of suicide.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline states “Studies have also shown that brief, low-cost intervention and supportive, ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services” (2021.) Follow-up steps after an individual has identified thoughts of suicide are of vital importance to the prevention of suicide. Our programs are this low-cost intervention for this population. The Intensive Outpatient Program model is designed with the consistency and flexibility necessary for the older American population.
This September #BeThe1 to speak up and spread the message of Suicide Prevention in your communities.