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Mental Health America on Rising Concerns Over Suicidal Thoughts in Nation

Thursday, May 16, 2024 is Mental Health Action Day, and the nonprofit Mental Health America is urging community members to take care of themselves and their loved ones. Schroder Stribling is President and CEO of MHA.
She says in 2023 millions of people took one of MHA’s 11 mental health screens.

According to Stribling, recent new statistics show youth suicidal ideation is raising concerns among mental health advocates.

"One is about the number of people who are depressed and having frequent suicidal ideation," Stribling said. "Of all the people who took the depression screen there were about a third of them who said they were having frequent suicidal ideation."

Unfortunately the numbers were higher for some populations.

"And even more concerning is the number for youth. That number goes up to about 50% for youth. So about half of all youth who come to take a screen because they’re concerned about depression say that they’re thinking about having thoughts of suicide more than half the days.

That is an enormously concerning figure. And within that we’re also concerned about special populations who have some of the highest rates of suicidal ideation which include BIPOC and LGBTQ individuals both youth and adults."

This year’s theme is “Where to Start,” the campaign provides basic steps on how find help. Visit www.mhanational.org for more information.

The organization urges anyone who is struggling or in crisis to call or text 988.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!