A time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, this month focuses on spreading hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. This observance ensures that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
Did you know? Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone dies by suicide every 11 minutes. For every suicide death there are approximately 38 self-reported suicide attempts and 265 people who have seriously considered ending their lives. Talking about suicide can be challenging, however when people are willing to discuss this difficult topic, it can reduce stigma and save lives.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Contact the Lifeline network by phone at 988, or text 988. To learn more about this service and available resources, click here.