September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
With rising suicide rates and the staggering impacts of COVID-19, it's more important than ever to fight stigma and help those struggling with their mental health. In 2018, one American died by suicide every 11 minutes, that's 48,344 people.
In a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of people ages 18-24 reported considering suicide because of the pandemic. Currently, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34.
Resources for suicide prevention:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support at 1-800-273-8255
- Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor 24/7 at the Crisis Text Line
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a helpline staffed by volunteers who have mental health conditions: 800-950-6264
- Warm Lines provides peer support on a local level
- Call the Disaster Distress helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- This free mental health assessment can help parents decide if their child may be struggling with depression and in need of professional support
- Click here to read KVC blogs about suicide prevention, including warning signs to watch for, risk factors for self-harm in youth, how to talk to kids about suicide, inspiring stories of youth who have achieved mental health wellness, and more
If you would like to see your counselor, you can use the QR code below to submit a request or visit: https://forms.gle/ysJX2sFqfrspRNF96.