Suicide Prevention Awareness
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time dedicated to sharing information and raising awareness of the important but often invisible issue of suicide. Each year in the U.S., thousands of teenagers die by suicide. In North Carolina, it is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 34. Youth and young adults have the highest rates of self-inflicted injury, hospitalizations, and ED visits of all age groups in North Carolina. Suicide does not discriminate; it takes life without regard to age, education, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, or gender.
Suicide is preventable!
Our Emotional Well-Being Action Team has developed a unified Wake County Campaign for Youth Suicide Prevention (called Wake Up 2 Hope).
Check out these resources:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support via phone or chat for people in distress, resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Includes information on finding your local crisis center.
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Embodying the ethos that everyone that takes action to prevent suicide, #BeThe1To details the five evidence-based steps that any individual can take to help someone that is in suicidal crisis, as well as stories of recovery.
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the behavioral health treatment services locator offers confidential and anonymous sources of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the Unities States for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 support texting service for those in crisis.
How can you get involved in the prevention of youth suicide?
- Download the suicide prevention toolkit
- Consider sharing these social media messages and graphics
- Review this informational PowerPoint
- Attend training on Suicide Prevention
- Get trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Review these Best Practices for Organizations
- Additional Resources for Youth Suicide Prevention