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Suicide Prevention Month: A Focus on Spotting Warning Signs

September 2, 2022

Mountaineer News

Community Health

BUCKHANNON - September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized, and often taboo topic.

We use this month to shift public perception, spread hope and share vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

Crisis Resources

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately.

  • If you are uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can chat the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at

  • You can also text National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to 741-741 and be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

  • Know the Warning Signs and Risk Factors of Suicide

  • Being Prepared for a Crisis

  • Download the NAMI, "Navigating a Mental Health Crisis"

  • What You Need to Know About Youth Suicide

  • Need more information, referrals or support? Contact the NAMI HelpLine.

Individual Impact:

  • 79% of all people who die by suicide are male.

  • Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are 4x more likely to die by suicide.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–14 and the 3rd leading cause of death among people aged 15-24 in the U.S.

  • Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.

  • 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition - but research shows that 90% may have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.

Community Impact:

  • Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:

  • 4.9% of all adults

  • 11.3% of young adults aged 18-25

  • 18.8% of high school students

  • 45% of LGBTQ youth

  • The highest rates of suicide in the U.S. are among American Indian/Alaska Natives followed by non-Hispanic whites.

  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are nearly 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.

  • Transgender adults are nearly 9x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.

Data from CDC, NIMH and other select sources.

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