Suicide Prevention Month: Taking Actions to Save Lives

Suicide Awareness Month

Maureen Iselin


September 8, 2019

Each September, the country comes together to bring awareness to the 10th leading cause of death in the United States—suicide. It’s important to note that suicide does not discriminate. People of all ages, genders, and ethnicities can be at risk. And while mental illness can be a risk factor, suicide is complex—there is no single cause. [1]

We know that the majority of people who have thoughts of suicide or attempt suicide actually go on to live full lives. But with more than 47,000 Americans dying from suicide each year, it is a major public health issue that requires a coordinated, comprehensive approach. [2] There are steps and actions we can all take to help prevent suicide.

So what can you do to help play a role in suicide prevention this September, and throughout the year?  


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