National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month
Every September, we recognize National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month. This month we put all of our efforts into reducing the stigma and getting people the professional mental health support they need. Suicide ranks as the fourth leading cause of death for people 18-65 with nearly 45,000 Americans dying every year. That’s why this year, we are proud to work with New Directions Behavioral Health to help spread the facts about suicide and educate others on how we can help those who may be struggling.
You can help by visiting ndbh.com/suicide to download and share their Suicide Awareness Toolkit. The more you know, the more lives we can save.
Seek help if you or someone you know is showing any of the following warning signs:
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Giving away prized possessions
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
If you need to talk to someone, call the behavioral health number on the back of your insurance card to speak to a mental health professional about what you’re experiencing.
Life can be difficult, and some days can feel heavy. But you are never alone.