The month of September is also known as Suicide Prevention Month. During this month, we can spread awareness of the importance of mental health and check in with our peers.
We can also remind others in our community that they don’t have to struggle alone. By having open communication, we can work together to reduce the stigma and let others know they have support if they want to reach out.
The goal of Suicide Prevention Month is to educate others to recognize the warning signs, learn about the facts, and offer the right tool/resources during difficult times. It’s important to let others know that there is help available.
Suicide Prevention Month is also a time to recognize the lives that have been lost to suicide. In 2020, firearms accounted for 53% of suicide deaths, and 90% of suicide attempts involving firearms are fatal. According to statistics, the rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged men, and on average, there are 130 suicides per day. Making suicide the 12th of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
Learning more about suicide prevention can help us all recognize and reach out to those in our lives that may be struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Vista will be spreading awareness for suicide prevention with a sign rally at Milwaukie Bay Park, from 12-1pm on September 24, 2022
Other ways you can participate is to join the “Out of the Darkness” walk in Portland on October 1, 2022 or in Eugene on September 25, 2022.
If you are worried about a loved one or are looking for someone to talk to, check out the resources below.
24/7 Crisis Hotline: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
You Are Not Alone Suicide Prevention Tools for Warriors