Speak Up: Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, providing us with the time to come together to address this difficult topic. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with 44,965 Americans dying by suicide each year and 123 suicides per day. However, the stigma surrounding mental health leads to underreporting, which is why it is so important to increase awareness surrounding this issue. Mental health conditions and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background and suicide is often a result of an untreated mental health condition.  At Lake Behavioral Hospital we feel that by coming together and having honest conversations surrounding mental health and suicide we can continue to work towards real change.

To discover your local chapter of AFPS, please visit https://afsp.org/our-work/chapters/.

Lake Behavioral Hospital is a proponent for Suicide Awareness and Prevention.  We have the resources to help you or a loved one who is suffering.  If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call to speak with a licensed clinician at (855) 990-1900.

Remember, “You are not alone. It is not your fault. You matter.”