National Suicide Prevention Month
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.
- 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:
- 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.