Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month.

Suicide prevention can look like a lot of different things: education, advocacy, support, spending time with loved ones, asking for help, reaching out, and more. We want to know what suicide prevention is to you. 

Join us in the conversation on social media and find resources to learn more about suicide prevention at Sheppard Pratt.

Between 2010 and 2020, nearly half a million people died by suicide. On average, that amounts to one death every 11 minutes.  It is a leading cause of death in the United States, and young people are most at risk. 

Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34. And suicide rates are increasing fast, especially among people of color, young people, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and people who live in rural areas. 

But suicide can be prevented. Everyone has a role to play to save lives and support friends, family, and communities in need. Suicide prevention is increased access to mental healthcare, stronger economic supports, and education about coping and problem-solving skills.

What is suicide prevention to you? 

Join in the conversation, share your progress with us on social media, and encourage your friends and family to participate. Tag us @SheppardPratt on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and share your answers using the hashtag #SuicidePreventionIs, submitting a post on Pulse, or emailing us at

Help us picture suicide prevention and spread awareness far and wide this month. 

Suicide Prevention Resources from Sheppard Pratt

Additional Recommended Resources

National Institutes of Mental Health

Learn the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for those in crisis, as well as contact information to connect you to support resources through the National Institute of Mental Health’s suicide prevention site.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support 24/7 to those experiencing distress or crisis.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) provides valuable information and crisis resources aimed at helping you understand the warning signs of suicide so you can be better prepared for a crisis. 

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