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  • September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    September is Suicide Awareness Month

    Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  This is a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic.

    Individual Impact:

      • 78% of all people who die by suicide are male.

      • Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide.

      • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.

      • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.

      • 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition.

      • While nearly half of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms.

    Community Impact:

      • Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:

          ◦ 4.8% of all adults
          ◦ 11.8% of young adults aged 18-25
          ◦ 18.8% of high school students
          ◦ 46.8% of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students

      • Some of the highest rates of suicide in the U.S. are among American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic white communities.

      • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.

      • Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

      • Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.

    Crisis Resources

      • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.

      • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

      • If you are employed or have insurance, you can call the behavioral health phone number on the back of your health insurance card or see if your employer offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

      • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.



    Source:  CDC, NIMH, NAMI

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