September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Every year thousands of individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to share resources and shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to raise awareness and ensure that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. Any talk or thoughts of suicide should always be taken seriously. Most people who attempt suicide have given some warning — but this isn’t always the case. Read ahead for warning signs and tips for navigating a mental health crisis. Please don’t hesitate to get help if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide.


If you or someone you know are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call 911 or the National Suicide Hotline at
1-800-273-8255 immediately.