Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone. People with pre-existing mental health conditions have a higher risk of suicidal thoughts. Although they are common, suicidal thoughts are not normal. They often show that a person is not getting the help they need. Let’s raise awareness for National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
We can all benefit from having these conversations, and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2022 provides us with the perfect opportunity to do so.
What is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month?
In September, healthcare organizations aim to raise awareness about the topic by spreading useful information to those affected.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone. You can learn more ways to support yourself, or someone you know, during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2022.
- The new mental health hotline is 988. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis, call the number to talk to a trained counselor.
- If you do not want to talk on the phone, you can text NAMI to 741-741 and be connected with a trained crisis counselor who you can text with for free.
- Call 911 if you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency.
Awareness Resources for NAMI
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) plays a big role in National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2022. They have a variety of free graphics that you can use to spread awareness for Suicide Prevention Awareness month. These resources can be found here.
These facts can help you show others why they should take part in promoting awareness during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2022.
- Men make up 78% of all suicides.
- More women attempt suicide than men.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Americans aged 10-34.
- Since 1999, the total suicide rate in the United States has increased by 35%.
- Almost half of the people who commit suicide – 46% – had been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
- Research suggests many people who die by suicide had experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.
- Percent of Americans who have thoughts of suicide by demographic:
- 8% of all adults
- 8% of young adults aged 18-25
- 8% of high school students
- 8% of gay, lesbian, and bisexual high schoolers
- Indigenous, Alaska Natives, and non-Hispanic White communities have some of the highest suicide rates in America.
- Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide.
- Transgender adults are 12-times more likely to attempt suicide than the general US population.
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for inmates in local jails.
If you are struggling to take care of your mental and emotional health or have thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. Bayless Integrated Healthcare can give you the support you need, not only during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in 2022 but year-round. We offer 72 hour access to care, so you can get the help that fits in with your schedule. Contact us today at 602-230-7373 for a free consultation.