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National Suicide Prevention Month
National Suicide Prevention Month
Jill Reedy
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10-24.  The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline know it is possible to reduce deaths from suicide.  For every person who dies by suicide annually, there are another 280 people who have thought seriously about suicide who don't kill themselves, and nearly 60 who have survived a suicide attempt.  The majority of these individuals will go on to live out their lives. 

Know the Warning Signs 

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Resources for Help

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Text Line

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

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