Suicide Awareness and Prevention
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. According to NAMI (National Alliance
on Mental Illness) September is a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often
taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public perception, this month is used to spread hope
and vital information to people affected by suicide. The goal of Suicide Awareness and
Prevention month is to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the
resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th
leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
So how do you prevent suicide and raise awareness?
● If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
● If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the
National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)