The Institute recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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Sophia Guida

The Institute recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 7, 2023

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Institute for Family Health joins millions around the world and across our nation in encouraging people to seek help if they are considering suicide.

Feeling suicidal is unpredictable and can affect anyone. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or in a crisis, it can be hard to know where to turn. You feel stuck, trapped, with no options and no way out. It’s important to plan ahead so you know how to find the help you need quickly. If you’re feeling suicidal, you can get help in the moment. Don’t ignore it – reach out for help!

Crisis centers offer phone hotlines and text messaging 24 hours/day all year long. Trained people are standing by to answer the phone or answer your text and respond to you. It might take a few seconds or minutes, but you will connect to a real human being who will help you remember that suicide is not the only way.

Since July of last year, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline has become the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Call or text 988, or chat if you are feeling overwhelmed or in crisis. Chat and text services are available in English and Spanish, and there is a dedicated line for LGBTQIA+ youth.