It’s one of the hardest topics to discuss, but one of imperative importance.

September is Suicide Awareness Month nationwide, and Minden Medical Center is doing their part to help shed light on the dangers and erase the stigma of mental illness. It starts with talking about the signs and who is at risk.

Suicide claims the lives of 41,000 people every year, and according to the National Association of Mental Illness, the most recognizable signs of suicide are:

Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation; these can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like, “I wish I


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