September is National Suicide Prevention Month. When we think about suicide, we often associate teenagers with suicide attempts, however, something for us to be aware of are the statistics on senior and elderly suicides. Suicides in older adults is on the rise and this fact has not seen much publicity. Older adults are about 12% of the population but make up about 18% of suicides. 1 in 4 suicide attempts in the older population will die compared to only 1 in 200 teens. Both stats are alarming, but the recent rise in suicides for older people is a bit scary for myself and all of my friends and family that are in the 65+ age group now.
It’s important to focus on the health and wellness of our mental health as well as our physical health. If you find yourself feeling hopeless and suicidal, please talk with someone: 1-800-273-8255
And let’s all check often on our friends and family to make sure they’re okay. Loneliness can be a serious problem these days for the 65+ population. Social distancing, travel restrictions, etc., have kept many out of touch with family and friends. Not having those strong social connections is difficult for us all. So, let’s pay attention a bit more, and do what we can to reduce these alarming statistics.
On a lighter note, today’s good news story is about Halloween costumes for children with special needs, and it’s wonderful! Enjoy!
As most of you know, I have many videos, blog posts on simple ways to de-stress.
The middle of an anxious moment or a sudden stressful event is not usually a time that we humans can think about meditating, or going for a walk, or whatever else has been suggested. What’s needed in those moments is a quick and simple way to reduce the stress response enough to then go for a walk, or slip into the bathroom and meditate for ten minutes.
Here is a short video with a few quick and easy steps that you can take to reduce your stress response.
Pick one that seems a fit for you and try it out.
You can also hug a tree. That’s my favorite way to de-stress! Trees are very soothing!
If you need something else, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will help in any way that I can!
Best of Health,