September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is death caused by injuring oneself with intent to die. Anchors Up! supports Suicide Prevention by sharing resources that will allow you to lead the way and reduce deaths by suicide.
Our goal is to work together to increase awareness, reduce factors that increase suicide risks, and promote resilience.
Suicide is a serious public health issue that affects many individuals, families and communities. It can affect people regardless of age, race, color, or religion. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States among individuals aged 10 – 34. The good news is suicide can be prevented.
- Suicide is NOT the answer.
- If you or someone you know thinks about suicide seek help…call or text a crisis line, a trusted friend, or mental health professional.
- Suicidal thoughts are a symptom, and just like any other symptom can be treated.
- Suicidal behavior or actions are a psychiatric emergency…call 911 if you or someone you know acts on suicidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know needs assistance contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273- TALK (8255).
To learn more about suicide prevention and access resources visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org