September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 13, 2022

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month aims to increase conversation, to highlight available crisis resources, and to spread hope that prevention is possible. Suicide is a major public health concern and was the 12th leading cause of death nationwide in 2020. It can often be a challenging topic but talking about it openly is a necessary step to reducing stigma and connecting people to resources.

Health care providers are positioned to make a significant difference in their patients’ lives by developing skills to effectively ask about suicide and provide access to resources. The Washington State Healthcare Authority maintains a page on its website with trainings and resources for professionals, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness has a variety of training resources.

There are many crisis resources available for anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts, including:

  • Calling 988, the nationally established crisis number, to reach a crisis responder. This line was established this year and intends to route individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis to the correct resources rather than utilizing 911
  • Texting “home” to 741-741 to contact a crisis counselor via text at the Crisis Text Line
  • Utilizing employee assistance program resources through your employer to be connected with a therapist

(Brittany Weiner)


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