Lifestyles Center Blog

HUMP DAY (BONUS): IS PATH WARM?

Suicide is a serious issue that affects people from all walks of life.  In America, approximately more than 41,000 people commit suicide.  Suicide is ranked in the top ten leading cause of death for Americans.  Thus, in the United States, it has been issued as a public health problem.  Nationally, the month of September is dedicated to suicide prevention awareness, and September 10th marked World Suicide Prevention Day.

It is really important for everybody to know that SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE! There are many factors that can protect people from suicidal thoughts and behaviors.  For instance, those struggling may seek clinical care, intervention, and support.  In addition, it is vital to have family and community connectedness.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  one can advocate against suicide “by knowing the facts, warning signs, and where to get help.”

A well-known mnemonic individuals may use to detect warning signs of suicide is: IS PATH WARM.  It stands for: Ideation, Substance abuse, Purposelessness, Anxiety, Trapped, Hopelessness, Withdrawal, Anger, Recklessness, and Mood Changes.  It is important for us to be aware of these signals as they may represent a red flag calling for help.  Help can be reached at the 24/7 ‘National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’ at 1800-273-TALK (8255) or by visiting www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.  

Above all, it is good to keep a positive mindset, which can be obtained by treating yourself with inspirational quotes. One author said this, “place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose.  You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up”.

Written by Angelica Perez, Peer Educator

Article/Source: IS PATH WARM

Photo Cred: University of Texas-Pan American