Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. The month of September is a time dedicated to raise awareness about all of the resources available to help prevent suicide across the nation.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, America loses nearly 42,000 people to suicide each year.
People of all color and age struggle with depression, but only one and three people receive the treatment they need which eventually leads to higher suicide rates.
Communication plays a critical role in prevention. If you notice a change in someone, don’t be afraid to speak up and communicate how you’re concerned with their safety.
Experts say just a few words of encouragement could be the difference between life and death. Suicide prevention advocate Brian Roussel said, “That the last option doesn’t have to be suicide. I believe if people understand that if they have a support group of people that will go through the pain with them, that they have a better opportunity to reach out for help versus the last option and that is killing themselves.”
Other ways to contribute toward suicide prevention include volunteering, applying for a research grant, participating in suicide prevention walks or marathons and bringing suicide prevention lessons to a nearby school district.

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