September is Suicide Prevention Month
During this time, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) aims to raise public awareness of this leading cause of death, and inspire more and more people to learn how they can contribute to saving lives in their communities. This guide features resources for those grieving, healing, and walking with those effected by suicide.
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"The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness." (Homepage)
This page on the Lifeline website provides access to some of the most up to date statistics regarding suicide in the United States. It also has support resources as well as ways to take action listed at the bottom of the page.
"Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, including those who have experienced a loss. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
"The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) know it is possible to reduce deaths from suicide like we have reduced heart disease fatalities and other leading causes of death. For every person who dies by suicide annually, there are another 316 people who have thought seriously about suicide who don’t kill themselves, and nearly 60 who have survived a suicide attempt. The overwhelming majority of these individuals will go on to live out their lives. These untold stories of hope and recovery are the stories of suicide prevention, stories that inform the Lifeline and the Action Alliance’s efforts to prevent more suicides every day." (About)