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Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, Week, and Month

Posted by on September 6th, 2018 Posted in: Advocacy, Blog, Electronic Resources, Mental Health


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National Suicide Prevention Week will take place September 9th-15th. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and September is National Suicide Month. One way you can raise awareness around the risks of suicide is by joining others around the world as they cycle around the globe to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. According to the World Suicide Prevention Day website, a person dies every 40 seconds by suicide and there are “many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has made an attempt.”

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another”. This is fitting, considering this year’s theme: The Power of Connection. Other risk factors a person might exhibit is:

  • Talking about killing themselves
  • Being a burden to others
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from activities and/or loss of interest

For more assistance and further resources, see the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Begin actions to promote healing and remember to:

  • Ask
  • Keep them Safe
  • Be There
  • Help Them Stay Connected
  • Follow Up

You can also find a wide variety of resources on the MedlinePlus topic page on suicide. To help spread the world on social media, use the hashtag: #BeThe1To

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