According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
In order to bring awareness to the issue, the month of September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month.
It’s focused on letting people know there are programs and organizations willing to help and support those suffering from depression, anxiety, and may have suicidal thoughts.
Having open conversations and checking on your loved ones are just a few ways to raise awareness and save lives. Gulfport Behavioral Health System CEO Loyal Ownes said, “One life means everything. I posted on Facebook this morning that one minute of time for us can mean a lifetime for someone else. That’s the most important thing that we can do. Give that person back their lifetime that they may otherwise be thinking about sacrificing.”
If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts call the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also reach out to the Gulfport Behavioral Health System at 1-800-831-1700. Both services are available 24/7 and remain confidential.