We can help prevent suicide all year long
Every year, too many people die by suicide. National suicide prevention month is coming to an end, but let’s make the commitment to keep suicide prevention a focus all year long. Learning the "why" behind suicide, talking about it, and taking action to help prevent a suicide is something we all have the power to do. Here are the resources we’ve shared with you this past month:
- Speaking out about suicide - PDF
- Veterans and suicide - PDF
- Suicide awareness infographic - PDF
- Mental health awareness guide for young adults - PDF
- Suicide prevention guidebook for parents - PDF
- Older adults and suicide - PDF
Protecting our veterans from suicide
No one is immune to suicidal thoughts or feelings. But veterans have specific risk factors that may deepen their feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Some may have “invisible wounds” – mental or emotional – from their service experience. During Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, it’s important to focus on at-risk populations more carefully. Read this suicide awareness infographic and Veterans and suicide to get a better understanding of the problem. Learn about the factors that put veterans at risk. Find out what you can do to help.
Keeping young adults safe from suicide
Being a young person is hard. You’re becoming more independent and there’s just so much to figure out. Being the parent of a young person is equally hard. There’s no manual that can tell you exactly what to do.
- If you're a young adult, check out this guidebook for information and resources to help you and those around you.
- If you're a parent of a young adult, this guidebook is for you.
- And you can watch the What Parents Need to Know About Teen Suicide webinar.
We can all do something about suicide. And remember: We’re always here to help. If you or someone you know feels depressed, anxious or suicidal, call us 24/7 for in-the-moment support. You can also call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).
And remember: You can call us 24/7 for in-the-moment support, referrals, and information.
Older adults and suicide
Many people are shocked when they hear that an older adult has died by suicide. Older adults often seem skilled at coping with life's ups and downs. The reasons older adults may be at risk vary, but there are some shared factors. Some include loneliness and a missing sense of purpose. But there are more. What can you do?
Learn more about the reasons older adults are at risk of suicide. In many cases, a loved one or professional can help before it’s too late.
- First, know the number for the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Counselors are available 24/7 to listen and help.
- Next, read Older adults and suicide - PDF. The more you know, the more likely you are to see the signs and be of help to someone who's at risk.
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