September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, especially among young people. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the majority of children and adolescents who attempt suicide have a significant mental health disorder, usually depression.
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness about mental health and a reminder that it’s okay to not be okay—to seek help when you need it.
- If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
- If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.