September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time that raises awareness for the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and spreads information and resources that available to anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
On average, there are 130 suicides per day. In 2019, there was around 1.38 million suicide attempts in the United States. 47,511 Americans took their lives that year.
Suicidal thoughts are linked to mental illnesses, both diagnosed and undiagnosed. 90% of those who die from suicide experience symptoms of a mental health condition, while around half have a diagnosis. And they can affect any demographic. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 34.
Since 1999, the suicide rate in the United States has risen 35%. Despite the constant rise in cases, suicide has always been a very stigmatized conversation topic. This month encourages change through open conversations. Because it is okay to talk about suicide. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention want to increase conversation, tear down the stigmas and change the public perception on suicide in order to increase help and support for those who need it.
#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for this year’s National Suicide Prevention Month. Be the one to reach out and help those around you who are struggling with mental health.
Taking action shows those affected by mental illness and suicidal thoughts that there is hope and help available. It is important to talk about one’s struggles and thoughts on giving up. Because suicide is not the answer. These thoughts can be treated and mental health can be improved.
“Together for Mental Health,” is NAMI’s campaign for this month, which encourages a demand for better mental health care and an abundance of accessible resources for those with suicidal thoughts.
In order to offer support for a loved one dealing with suicidal thoughts, follow these five steps promoted with the #BeThe1 campaign:
Keep them safe.
Help them stay connected.
Oasis Mental Health welcomes anyone who needs our help and support.
Here are a variety of resources for your or a loved one who may be having a difficult time:
- If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
- If you are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- If you’d rather message for help rather than talk on the phone, text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line at any time.
- 24/7 Crisis Hotline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (Veterans, press 1)
- Veterans Crisis Line: Send a text to 838255
- SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
- The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
You can also visit your primary care provider, local urgent care center or local emergency department.