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September is National Suicide Prevention Month 2020
In 2018, around 1.4 million people attempted suicide.1 Those who were successful, left behind friends, family, and other loved ones. National Suicide Prevention Month 2020 says no more.
An annual observance, National Suicide Prevention Month’s goal is to raise awareness about suicide as well as ways on how together we can help prevent this problem. People are encouraged to share their own stories to help educate others as well as reduce the stigma surrounding this topic. Resources are also shared to get people in need the help they require.
September also includes National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6th
to September 12th
) and World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th
). Overall, these observances create an opportunity to shed light on suicide and raise awareness on how you may be able to help prevent it.
How to Observe National Suicide Prevention Month 2020
2020 has been an especially tough year for many people. As a result of the pandemic and months of quarantine, many people have noticed a considerable decline in their mental state. People across the world are struggling to manage their mental health during Covid-19
. For some people, this may mean bouts of loneliness or depression. For others, this may have escalated to suicidal thoughts
and actions. There is even some evidence to suggest that there has been a rise in suicides from coronavirus
. National Suicide Prevention Month is the time to speak up and take action to prevention the unnecessary loss of any more loved ones.
Some ways you can observe National Suicide Prevention Month 2020 include:
- Sharing your story related to your own struggles with suicide or losing a loved one to suicide
- Sharing resources that could help someone who could be contemplating suicide
- Raising awareness about suicide on social media by using #SuicidePrevention and #StimgaFree
- Learning about suicide and how to recognize the signs of suicidal idealization in others
- Taking the time to remember and commemorate a loved one who committed suicide
- Reaching out to people you know who may be struggling with mental illness
- Getting profession help and mental health treatment if you are struggling yourself
- Connecting with people who lost a loved one to suicide
- Donating to organizations that focus on suicide prevention
- Volunteering your time or talents to a mental health organization
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, the National Suicide Hotline can connect you to someone who can get you the help you need. There is hope!
If you are battling any kind of mental illness or know someone who is, National Suicide Prevention Month may also be the time to get treatment. You should not have to live with a mental health disorder controlling your life. Our residential mental health facility in South Florida
can help you take steps to regain control and lead a happier life.
Whether you struggle with a mental illness yourself or have a loved one in need, call us today at 888-280-4763. At Banyan Mental Health, we are here to help.
- AFSP- Suicide statistics