National Suicide Prevention Week – September 10th – 16th, 2023

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National Suicide Prevention week and National Suicide Prevention month both happen during the month of September, however it’s important we offer support throughout the year. To help save a life, it’s vital to raise awareness of this leading cause of death and to help one another see how they can help support this cause in their communities.

Often times, those suffering are right next to us, going about their daily lives, and unbeknownst to us, not sharing their daily struggles. This year The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is highlighting a new Talk Away the Dark campaign to help shed the light. It’s important to know that we can ALL make a difference by learning the warning signs, knowing risk factors and being willing to have honest conversations with those we care about. Having those conversations might be the difference between life and death.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2023

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention encourages that if you are in a crisis call or text 988 or text TALK to 741741

We need to make a difference by helping #TalkAwaytheDark and remove the stigmatism associated with asking for help. Our ability to offer support to one another is one of the most fulfilling things we can do. Let’s embrace National Suicide Week, National Suicide Prevention Month, and all throughout the year, by being there for one another. We can #BeThere