AWARENESS.

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

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The purpose of this blog is to share all things MOCHA with you. Consider this the coffee cake that meets your morning cup. We will keep things short and sweet, more like food for thought.


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AWARENESS.


Within our core values, we define awareness as "being conscious of our internal perception and external feelings."


Do we mean self awareness? Sure do! We also mean consciousness of perception beyond the self. Perception can be influenced. How, when, why, and by whom you're informed has significant weight on influence. Therefore, we are better at awareness when we are well-informed. Let's be well-informed.



September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention states that data on suicide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

- 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34

- 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-54.


Death by suicide is preventable.


Throughout the month, MOCHA Therapy will share resources on our social media platforms to bring awareness. Unlike many diseases and illnesses, the goal to have 0 individuals die by suicide is attainable.


In this month's #IfYaDontKnowNowYaKnow (a segment of our blog where we will challenge you to challenge yourself and your perceptions), we encourage you to be considerate in how you talk about suicide.


1. “Committed suicide” or “successful suicide” is language that is not accurate nor helpful. “Committed suicide" has implications of criminality. The term “successful” does not reflect that every suicide death is a tragedy, not a success.


2. Using language like "death by suicide", "died by suicide", or "suicide death" is non-judgmental and consistent with how we describe other means of death – such as died from drowning, died in a car accident, and thus died by suicide.


3. When describing a suicide attempt that does not result in death, this is not a “failed,” “unsuccessful,” or “incomplete” attempt. The terms “non-fatal suicide attempt” or just “suicide attempt” is more helpful and more accurate. We would hope that with awareness, we could perceive a suicide attempt that does not result in death as an opportunity for the person to find help and hope.



So with that, we challenge you to be aware, well-informed, and willing to change the way you think.


Please go to our Fill Your Cup resource page to find more information.


If you or someone you know needs help, call 911 or 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text TALK to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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