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September is Suicide Awareness Prevention Month

Released: 9/10/2021 6:00:00 AM

Suicide Awareness Prevention Month is a time to educate, destigmatize and support those who have been affected.

We are all in this together. Do not be afraid to talk about suicide, do not be afraid to ask questions of those you may think are at risk of suicide. Research has shown that people who are having suicidal thoughts feel relief when someone asks in a caring manner.

Talking about suicide is NOT taboo.

It also pays to educate yourself. Know the warning signs of suicide before it's too late to act. If you or anyone you know is exhibiting any of the warning signs listed below, please take it seriously.

Facts

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA
  • The second leading cause of death in ages 10-34 of both sexes
  • There has been an increase in reported thoughts of suicide since the pandemic
  • It is safe to say that suicide is an epidemic in this country

Warning signs

  • Increased alcohol and drug use
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and community
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior

Dangerous warning signs

  • Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon
  • Giving away possessions
  • Tying up loose ends
  • Saying goodbye to family and friends

Resources

  • Local Crisis Service Hotline: 834-3131
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741741 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: nami.org