Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. An average of 129 people die by suicide each day. People who have thoughts of suicide often feel like no one understands them. This prevents them from asking for help. A lack of awareness in the community can also mean that many suicide warning signs are missed. People do not know enough about it to help others in need.
National Suicide Prevention Week helps to make us all more aware of this issue. It is focused on the signs of suicide and how to spot them. It also teaches people how to prevent suicide. Special events like walks and raffles bring people together fight this problem and save lives.
There are many resources to help people who struggle with thoughts of suicide. To learn more about how to get involved in National Suicide Prevention Week and events near you, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at https://afsp.org/.
You or someone you know may have thoughts of suicide. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) any time day or night for help. You can also connect via Lifeline Chat at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.