12 Feb Suicide Prevention Awareness
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Each year, more than 40,000 people die by suicide in the United States, and more than 1 million people die by suicide worldwide. As these numbers grow and as suicide remains a taboo and underreported issue, it is important not to lose hope. None of us can fight suicide alone, but by joining forces we can make an impact on these statistics.
“Working Together to Prevent Suicide” is the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day 2018, held on September 10. Individuals who die by suicide or who survive suicide attempts are not the only ones affected. In many cases, friends and families are impacted as well, and the shame and stigma surrounding suicide can prevent open dialogue and discourse.
We can combat suicide by promoting communication and discussion and by offering stigma-free support and awareness. Zeiders behavioral health specialists promote suicide awareness and team with the military and veteran communities to support and carry out prevention efforts. Whether it is by reaching out, raising awareness, or providing resources, working together to help individuals and communities in need can change lives every day.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. To reach the Military Crisis Line: PRESS 1