Suicide Prevention Month

Together for Mental Health. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. #Together4MH. NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. nami.org/together4MH

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to
shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is to ensure that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and seek help.

While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come
together with collective passion and strength around a difficult subject. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide — just one conversation can save a life. Learn more at nami.org/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month

Throughout the month of September, NAMI will highlight “Together for Mental Health,” which encourages people to bring their voices together to advocate for better mental health care, including a crisis response system. NAMI wants any person experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors to have a number to call, a system to turn to, that would connect them to the treatment and support they need.

Individual Impact

  • 78% of all people who die by suicide are male.
  • Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.
  • 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition.
  • While nearly half of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms.

Community Impact

  • Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:
    • 4.8% of all adults
    • 11.8% of young adults aged 18–25
    • 18.8% of high school students
    • 46.8% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students
  • Some of the highest rates of suicide in the U.S. are among American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic white communities.
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.
  • Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.

If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is a phone call or click away:

For more information, visit www.deschutes.org/suicideprevention or contact Caroline Suiter, Mental Health Promotion Strategist, at Caroline.Suiter@deschutes.org