National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) believes we need focus on suicide prevention every day of the year. To do this we can spread awareness, advocate for research funding, and help to educate others on things like resources and warning signs. It’s time to get involved, but not just this week and not just the month. It’s time to make #AAS365 a priority. And it’s time to make our efforts count.

#AAS365 #BeThere

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741 741

 

Every 28 seconds, someone attempts suicide.

“In order to decrease suicide, we have to make space for those recovering from suicide to share their experiences.”

AAS estimates that there were 1.1 million suicide attempts in 2016. That translates to an attempt every 28 seconds. These numbers are difficult to estimate, because of the stigma many survivors face when they are recovering. John Draper, executive director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline remarked in a piece for Cosmopolitan in June that,  “Few of [the survivors] are being asked—and fewer still are talking—about their struggles through suicidal experiences.” In order to decrease suicide, we have to make space for those recovering from suicide to share their experiences.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15-24.

Taken from  https://www.crisistextline.org/blog/change-the-stats

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