is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on
this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public
perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to
people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals,
friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss
suicide prevention and to seek help.
the month of September, NAMI will highlight “Together for Mental
Health,” which encourages people to bring their voices together to
advocate for better mental health care, including a crisis response
system. NAMI wants any person experiencing suicidal thoughts or
behaviors to have a number to call, a system to turn to, that would
connect them to the treatment and support they need.
suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide
Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together
with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth
is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health
conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.
are only a few of the reasons why it’s important to take part in
promoting Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Please use these facts and
others, including the “It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide” infographics on
our website, to encourage discussions with your community through
social media or other forms of outreach.
78% of all people who die by suicide are male. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999. 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition. While
nearly half of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental
health condition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms.
Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:
Some of the highest rates of suicide in the U.S. are among American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic white communities. Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.
Need more information, referrals or support? Contact the NAMI HelpLine.
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we will provide images and graphics
you can use on your website and social media accounts. Use #Suicide
Prevention or #Together4MH
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
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