September is National Suicide Prevention month

September is dedicated to helping stop suicide in the U.S.

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Aspen Bingham, Writer

Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2020, suicide was the 12th leading cause of death in Americans and the third in young adults aged 15 to 24.

Suicidal thoughts can happen at any point and can affect anyone of any age, background, or gender. According to mind.org.uk, suicidal thoughts can stem from a variety of things, ranging from mental illness to trauma. 

National Suicide Prevention month was first declared in 2008. This month is dedicated to spreading awareness on this stigmatized topic. The goal of September is to share hope and resources for those affected by suicide. 

Some warning signs that may indicate suicidal thoughts according to nimh.nih.gov:

  • Talking about wanting to die 
  • Talking about being a burden to others 
  • Feeling unbearable emotional or physical pain
  • Feeling like you have no reason to live 
  • Taking extreme dangerous risks, like driving fast 
  • Making a plan or researching ways to harm yourself 

Reaching out for help can be extremely difficult but is an incredibly important step to improvement. Some resources include:

  • Suicide hotline; call or text 988, available 24/7 to anyone who is in crisis
  • In case of crisis, call 911 or go to the closest emergency room
  • Chat at 988lifeline.org, available 24/7 to anyone who is in crisis 
  • Text “TALK” to 741741 to talk with a trained professional, available 24/7 
  • Colorado crisis hotline (1-844-493-8255), also available 24/7 

September is a very important month devoted to those who have been impacted by suicide or suicidal thoughts.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health and suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help.