National Suicide Prevention Month

Mental Health


The month of September, for many, means pumpkin patches, colorful leaves, and seasonal drinks. In the field of mental health, however, it represents the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide. From 2007 to 2018, the suicide rate in adolescents and young adults in America increased anywhere between 21.7 percent and 110.0 percent depending on state residency. The national percentage increase for this age group landed at 47.1 percent. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, young people are more isolated than ever before and this is taking a serious toll on their mental health. Many organizations, such as NAMI, are providing resources to people of all ages to discuss suicide awareness and to seek help. By learning about what can lead to suicide, the ways to prevent it, and the mental health resources available, communities are able to open the conversation about one of the leading causes of death. Remember to check on those close to you, it might just save a life.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline