September marks National Suicide Prevention Month – a month to remember the lives lost to suicide, the millions of people who have struggled with suicidal ideation, and acknowledge the individuals, families, and communities that have been impacted. It is also a time to raise awareness about suicide prevention and share messages of hope.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 10 to 14 years old. It is the third leading cause of death of those aged 15 to 24 years old. Talking about suicide with kids can be tough but it’s important to create a safe space to talk about suicide. It could save someones life someday.
Contact a Lifeline Center
Never keep it a secret if a friend tells you about a plan to hurt themselves. Call 988 so that you can find out what resources are available in your area, or encourage your loved one to call. Calls are routed to the Lifeline center closest to your area code that can provide you with local resources.
Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life. There are steps you can take to keep yourself safe through a crisis. Call or text 988 any time or chat online with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to get support also find resources on:
- Finding a therapist/support group
- Building and using a support network
- Making a safety plan for yourself
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