NATIONWIDE LAUNCH OF 9-8-8 SUICIDE AND CRISIS LIFELINE
Studies show callers feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful after speaking with a Lifeline counselor
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10. It’s a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most.
On average, more than 100 people in the U.S. die by suicide every day — it’s the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults, and the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide affects families from every walk of life. We can all play a role in offering help and support to those around us.
NEED HELP? CALL OR TEXT 9-8-8
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently completed the launch of 9-8-8, a nationwide 3-digit dialing code for those who are suicidal or experiencing any type of mental health crisis. 9-8-8 connects callers to a nationwide network of trained counselors, who when needed, can connect the individual to local care.
The launch of 9-8-8 also includes the Veterans Crisis Line.
Numerous studies have shown that callers feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful after speaking with a Lifeline counselor. >>Learn more about 988 LifeLine
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you think someone you know may be suicidal:
- Learn the risk factors and warning signs from Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Find a wide variety of resources and information from SAHMSA
- Get advice on how to help an at-risk person from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Find research, advice, and search for a psychologist near you at the American Psychological Association
And take a minute today to reach out to a friend or family member just to let them know you care, especially those who might be remembering a lost loved one or feeling alone and isolated.
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