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September is Suicide Prevention Month

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and this month is all about raising awareness. Today, we remember those affected by suicide and focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. Check out the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s suggested actions we can all take to #BeThe1To help save a life, including these 5 action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal:

  • Ask

  • Be There

  • Keep Them Safe

  • Help Them Stay Connected

  • Follow Up

There are risk factors and warning signs to be aware of among our loved ones and patients. According to the World Health Organization, more than 700,000 people worldwide die by suicide every year. For every person who died by suicide, there may have been more than 20 others attempting.

As we remember those affected by suicide, we can also remember and acknowledge many stories of hope and recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (available 24/7): 1-800-273-8255. Your call is confidential and free.

“Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life.”
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