September is Suicide Prevention Month
There’s no single cause for suicide. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide.
On average there are 123 suicides each day in this country. It’s the second leading cause of death for ages 25-34, and third leading cause of death for ages 15-24.
In order to create awareness and strengthen the fight against suicide, the entire month of September is Suicide Prevention Month. Participate in the fight by getting involved with local organizations and listening to those who need help.
- Reach out to someone who needs help
We can all learn the warning signs of suicidal "ideation." If we spot them early enough, we can take action.
- Help get rid of the stigma associated with mental health
Talking about this issue is an important first step in ridding society of the idea that mental health issues should remain hidden.
- Learn as much as you can
There are many resources to learn more about suicide and the mental state of those who may be considering it. To learn more visit https://afsp.org
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
The Trevor Helpline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386) is available specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth and young adults.