September is Suicide Prevention Month
#BeThe1To Help Save a Life
We can all help prevent suicide. World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10. It's a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most.
#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help, and give hope.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), suicide is a major public health concern. Over 48,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2018; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. And a new CDC report finds 11% of American adults reported seriously considering suicide in June, about double the percentage who did so last summer.
Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. Here are five steps you can take to #BeThe1To help someone in emotional pain: