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?

Know the Warning Signs and Risk Factors of Suicide

Be Prepared for a Crisis

Learn how to navigate a Mental Health Crisis

● 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)

 

To learn more can you visit www.nami.org, www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org,

www.save.org, or reach out to your local mental health agencies or mental health professional.

 

 

Source: Nami.org

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