September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.
National Suicide Prevention Week is the Monday through Sunday, September 8th-14th surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th. It’s a time to share resources and stories, as well as promote suicide prevention awareness.
Approximately 45% of suicide victims had contact with primary care providers within one month of suicide. Grantees want and need to know where to turn for trusted resources, training materials for their workforce, and information for the patients they serve.
Here are some resources, including 24-hour crisis lines and technical assistance materials:
The Lifeline provides free, confidential emotional support and referrals to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (SAMHSA-funded).
If you’re a Veteran in crisis or Service member in crisis — or you're concerned about one — there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention, the construction industry has the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides across all industries. To combat these statistics, contractors, unions, associations, and service providers must work together to STAND up for suicide prevention.
Effective suicide prevention requires multiple approaches.
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