If you don't already know, September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
There are a number of things in September to raise awareness and advocate for suicide prevention, such as Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.
World Suicide Prevention Day was first organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003. Since then, people around the world have participated globally.
This year, Suicide Prevention Week is Sunday, September 6 from Saturday, September 12 while Thursday is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Thousands of people die from suicide every year. In fact, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States with nearly 130 people dying from suicide per day. Although that may seem overwhelming, there are plenty of things you can do to help.
For instance, you can help spread information and raise awareness that suicide is preventable. You can educate yourself and others of the social stigma surrounding suicide. You can also familiarize yourself with potential warning signs and risk factors.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating, check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), or even on campus at your university.