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Suicide Awareness

Dear Friends,

Please give this a read and familiarize yourself with the resources. You never know when you will encounter someone in need of help. And please know, that you can make a difference.

The following information is taken directly from the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Website: I did not write or alter any of it. I encourage you to visit and familiarize yourself with their website as it is a valuable resource for mental health awareness, and education.

September is Suicide Prevention Month — a time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is to ensure that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

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.

Crisis Resources

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately.

  • If you are uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can chat with the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at

  • You can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

  • Know the Warning Signs and Risk Factors of Suicide

  • Being Prepared for a Crisis

  • Read our guide, "Navigating a Mental Health Crisis"

  • What You Need to Know About Youth Suicide

Share Key Fast Facts

These are only a few of the reasons why it’s important to take part in promoting Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Please use these facts and others, including the “It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide” infographics on our website, , to encourage discussions with your community through social media or other forms of outreach.

Individual Impact:

  • 79% of all people who die by suicide are male.

  • Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are 4x more likely to die by suicide.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14, the 3rd leading cause of death among those aged 15-24, and the 12th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.

  • 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition — but research suggests that 90% may have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition

  • Data from CDC, NIMH and other select sources.

Here is another resource for those in crisis: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or Text MN to 741741.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please remember that many are fighting battles we cannot see. Be kind and remember that each of us can make a difference. Blessings, Anne

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