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Recognizing National Suicide Prevention Month: Raising Awareness, Spreading Hope

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about an issue that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, claimed over 47,000 lives in 2019 alone. Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death that year, with nearly double the rate of suicides as homicides.

Organizations like Lifeline and other mental health advocates have come together to highlight the importance of suicide prevention. The aim is not only to raise awareness but also to spread hope and vital information to those affected by suicide. The goal is to ensure that everyone who needs access to crucial resources can obtain them.

How Can You Get Involved?

There are several ways you can contribute to the narrative during National Suicide Prevention Month:

Spread the Word

Lifeline's website provides downloadable banners, flyers, and logos that you can print and post in your local community to help raise awareness. You can also order brochures and pamphlets to distribute on college campuses, at local businesses, and health clinics.


Reach out to your local Lifeline crisis center to learn about volunteering opportunities. Your time and effort can make a significant difference in someone's life.

Share Your Story

If you've battled mental health issues and found recovery and hope, sharing your journey can inspire others. Similarly, if your life has been touched by suicide and you feel strong enough to share your experience, your personal account could help others recognize warning signs in their loved ones.

Seek Help

If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide, it's crucial to seek help. All loss is challenging to navigate, but loss from suicide can feel like an overwhelming burden.

In my practice, I've found that professional support can be instrumental in helping individuals cope with such a profound loss. If you'd like to explore treatment options, please reach out.

National Suicide Prevention Month is a time for us to come together as a community, to raise awareness, share resources, and support those affected by suicide. By getting involved, we can help to spread hope and potentially save lives.

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