Helping individuals in crisis: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Suicide is a national public health issue.
The American Association of Suicidology reports that, in the U.S., nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide in 2016. In addition, the organization said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with an average of one person taking his or her own life every 11.7 minutes.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health believes suicide – and suicide prevention – should continue to be part of a national conversation to:
In September, Devereux joins others in observing the following dates/times of year related to suicide prevention and awareness:
“All three observances carry a simple and potentially life-saving message: Suicide is preventable,” said Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Chief Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham. “If you are suffering, help is just a phone call or text away. And if you know someone who is suffering, resources are available so you can be a lifeline to someone who needs comfort and support.”
Recognizing the warning signs
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) encourages us all to understand and recognize the following warning signs:
What you can do …
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