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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Posted 9/30/20

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time each year to come together to raise awareness, offer support, learn warning signs and reduce stigma around a difficult topic. We also know that during this time of multiple pandemics (societal, economic, health), the acute and residual effects continue to increase suicide rates and affect communities in disproportionate ways. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone communicates with them in a caring, non-judgemental way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation. We can ALL help prevent suicide. 

 

  • 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)
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text “NAMI” or “SEIZE” to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line

(sources: National Suicide Prevention Hotline)