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National Suicide Prevention Month

National Suicide Prevention Month

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, September 30, 2018 (All day)

September 2018 is National Suicide Prevention Month. According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 10-24 in the U.S., and 16% of high school students have seriously considered suicide. Youth who have experienced trauma, LGBT youth, and youth who struggle with substance use are at a greater risk for suicide. Your program can help prevent youth suicide this month and all year by fostering a supportive community and self-esteem among youth.

Get Involved

  • Watch our webinar on adolescent suicide prevention to help identify risk factors, particularly among Native American and vulnerable populations of youth, and resources that can help.
  • Know the risk factors and warning signs. If a youth in your program expresses feelings of hopelessness, increased substance use, or dramatic mood swings, reach out. If someone is indicating or communicating suicidal thoughts, get immediate help from a mental health professional or call 911.
  • Use your social media accounts and newsletters to share the suicide crisis line information, and keep this information posted where program participants can see it:
    1. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Youth can also chat online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
    2. Access the Crisis Text Line by texting CONNECT to 741741 to immediately be connected to a mental health counselor.
  • Use resources from the International Association for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness among youth participants and their parents, as well as teachers and facilitators.
  • Seek additional training through the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You can make a difference this National Suicide Prevention Month. 
Let youth know they are not alone and help them get the help they need.

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Page last updated: October 1, 2018
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