Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Find resources to learn more about suicide prevention, discover educational and awareness events from Sheppard Pratt, and more.

September 1 - 30: 48,000 Steps Campaign 

Each year, more than 48,000 Americans die by suicide and the rate continues to rise. Please join us as we challenge our community to walk 48,000 steps (approximately 21 miles) in September in an effort to raise awareness and connect people to the mental health resources and services they need. 

Join in the conversation, share your progress with us on social media, and encourage your friends and family to participate in person (socially distant of course) or virtually along the way as you raise awareness. All you need in order to participate is a pedometer, such as a fitbit or a smartphone with a pedometer app (Pacer, CharityMiles, GoogleFit, or MyFitnessPal), track your steps, and share your progress along the way.

Help us take suicide prevention a step further and join us this month in our awareness efforts! Follow along on social media using #48000steps or add our custom Facebook profile picture frame to show support.

To add our Facebook profile picture frame, follow these instructions:

  1. On your Facebook page, click the camera icon on your profile picture
  2. Select "Add Frame"
  3. Search "#48000" to find Sheppard Pratt's frame
  4. Apply it to your profile picture 

September 15: Lunch & Learn Facebook Live: Knowing the Risk: Suicide and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are often a silent battle that co-mingle with other mental illness including depression and mood disorders. As eating disorders are associated with high mortality rates due to medical complications and increased suicide risk, it is important for people to understand the risk factors, warning signs, and treatment options.

Dr. Marissa Edwards, postdoctoral fellow at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, will share more on the thinking patterns of those with eating disorders, the risk factors, and how to find the appropriate level of care, support and education.

September 22: Lunch & Learn Facebook Live: Veteran Support & Suicide Prevention

Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than Americans who never served in the military. Female veterans die by suicide at rates almost twice as high as other Americans. Sarah Norman, chief of community development, will explore underlying factors that are often ignored, from unemployment to homelessness. She will also share resources and new strategies to promote mental health and well-being for veterans.  

September 29: Lunch & Learn Facebook Live: In Distress: Youth & Suicidality

Rates of suicide among youth have increased dramatically in the last two decades in particular between ages 10-24, which may be attributed to an increase in depression, anxiety, and even unprecedented levels of social media use. This begs the question, how well do we recognize the signs of suicide in our youth? Deepak Prabhakar, MD, MPH, medical director of outpatient services, will speak to the warning signs, and what parents, teachers, and loved ones should be on the lookout for as well as how to talk to children and adolescents about suicide.

Suicide Prevention Resources from Sheppard Pratt

  • Suicide Prevention Month

    Mental Health

    September is Suicide Prevention Month. We sat down with Dr. Andrea Gottlieb to learn about warning signs to be on the lookout for, and how we can help someone experiencing suicidal thoughts.

  • What Parents Need to Know About Self-Harm

    Caregivers & Supports

    Self-harm. Cutting. Self-injury. These are words that you may not be familiar with or have even heard of. Hopefully, you do not have any experience with them.

  • Suicide Prevention

    In the News

    In this interview with FOX 45, Sheppard Pratt psychologist Dr. Andrea Gottlieb discusses how to recognize the signs someone may be considering suicide, and how you can help.

  • Finding Help and Hope

    Mental Health

    As I’ve written about before, just like a cold, suicide can be contagious. Youth suicide increases after a death in school settings and suicide rates often increase…

  • Tips for Talking with Your Child About Suicide

    Caregivers & Supports

    Suicide is not the first topic that comes to mind when talking to your children. But, it is a conversation that you still need to have with them, even if you think…

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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