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September is Suicide Prevention Month

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Each year, September is devoted to learning more about how to prevent suicide and making note of the impact suicide has on our relationships and our community. This year, Suicide Prevention Month takes on more weight as we cope with an extended pandemic and social isolation. According to recent research, while suicide rates among white people have declined, they have increased among Black and Brown people during the pandemic. Overall, middle-aged white men have the highest suicide rates, but young people of color are seen as increasingly at risk of suicide.

This Suicide Prevention Month, please get involved in one of the many events or trainings devoted to suicide awareness so that you can be prepared if you encounter someone who is considering suicide. Here are some resources for you:

If you are having thoughts of suicide, help is available for you. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio es 1-888-628-9454. For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255. Text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.