Join Sound Mental Health as we acknowledge September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind thousands of friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24(American Association of Suicidology). Risk factors for suicide vary by age, gender, and ethnic group. And risk factors often occur in combinations.
Over 90 percent of people who die by suicide have clinical depression or another diagnosable mental health issues. Many times, people who die by suicide have an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Often they have that problem in combination with other mental disorders.
Know the warning signs and get help visiting the American Association of Suicidology.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.