September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Posted by on Sep 1, 2020 in News | 0 comments

We understand that suicide is an extremely difficult topic to address, but its prevalence and the ripple effect it has on friends and family makes it critical to discuss openly and honestly. 

According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for more than 48,000 deaths in 2018 alone.

There’s help a phone call away. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of local crisis centers across the country providing free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, the Lifeline is there to support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t wait; give them a call at 800-273-TALK (8255). Not comfortable on the phone? Use their Chat Line. Or if you feel there is imminent danger, call 911 immediately.

The Lifeline also provides valuable information about populations who are particularly at risk for suicidal thoughts or actions. These include LGBTQ+ individuals , Youth , and Veterans. No matter who it is, the most important thing is to know the risk factors and warning signs of possible suicidal actions  and know ways to prevent a tragedy from taking place.

Many people are facing added challenges and feeling isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever it is important to stay socially connected even if we are physically distant. #BeThe1To provides usefully tips of how you can stay connect and help during this time, and signs that could indicate someone may be considering suicide.

The value in learning the warning signs and prevention steps is incalculable. We encourage everyone to become informed about suicide prevention—you never know when you might need to use this information, and who you may be able to reach. Don’t be afraid to talk about this topic, and confront someone you care about who might be struggling. Here are additional resources and tools that can equip you to help loved ones in need of support.

Help Yourself

Help Someone Else

Resources for LGBTQ+ individuals

The Trevor Project

The Family Acceptance Project 

Resources for Youth

LA County Youth Suicide Prevention Project

Resources for Veterans

Veteran Crisis Line

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