National Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so it’s a perfect time to discuss various resources, insights, and stories to bring to light a topic that many people are afraid to talk about. In fact, a large majority may not realize that over 41,000 people commit suicide each year. For various reasons, they just couldn’t live with the intense pain they felt and opted out, leaving many loved ones behind to try to process and get through such a tragedy.
For the month of September, mental health professionals, survivors, prevention organizations, and others in the community unite to share hope and light for those struggling with suicidal thoughts. On September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated around the world, raising awareness and getting the word out there loud and clear that there is treatment available to save lives.
Untreated mental health issues can lead to suicidal thoughts
Many who have committed suicide had mental health issues that went untreated, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and more. Anyone who is having suicidal thoughts may very well be suffering from a mental disorder. What they may not know is that professional treatment is available.
Raising suicide prevention awareness
Now is the perfect time to begin shedding light on the stigmatized topic of suicide. Let’s continue to raise awareness of the reality that there are qualified professionals that can really help those who are having suicidal thoughts. You are never alone and do not have to try to handle the extreme pain that you may be feeling alone.
Resources for National Suicide Prevention
If you are having suicidal thoughts or a loved one is, you have various options. You may call 911 for immediate assistance. You may also call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text NAMI to 741-741.
It’s wonderful to celebrate National Suicide Prevention Month every September, but it’s important to continue the education and discussion regarding suicide all year long. When we join together and engage in honest conversations about mental health and suicide, we can make an impact for the greater good. Your willingness to engage in a conversation with another person on the topic could in fact save a life.
More and more, there are helpful messages coming out about suicide in the media. In fact, television shows, like 13 Reasons Why, have helped many people get a better look at how suicide can impact lives. The more awareness that spreads, the better chance at reducing the number of suicides that occur.
Learn the warning signs of suicide, and have open and honest discussions with others. If you’re concerned about someone, sit down and have a real heart to heart. Let them know that help is available, and that you are there to encourage and support them however they need. Sometimes it’s just that personal touch and non-judgmental attitude that can help a person take a step toward getting professional help.
As you celebrate and spread awareness of suicide prevention this month, think about your loved ones and those you run into each day. Take the time to smile at people and engage with them in an authentic way. Listen to those who need an ear, and be present with those you engage with. We can all make a difference in various ways.
It’s awareness that can help those who are struggling, so be aware and spread that awareness everywhere you go.