September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Together we can help take away the stigma around talking about mental health and encourage each other to reach out for help. It's okay to not feel okay, but just remember that you aren't alone and asking for help is a sign of strength!
Here are some of the key facts:
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24
- Youth who identify as LGBTQ are three to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers
- Risks for transgender community are higher. Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one-quarter report having made a suicide attempt
- The rate of suicide for girls between the ages of 10 and 14 has risen the most – tripling over 15 years
What you can do:
- Reach out for help! There are amazing organizations and people to support you. Here are just a few:
- Crisis Text Line- free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
- Trevor Project Lifeline- 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth: 1-866-488-7386
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7 free and confidential emotional support; 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Spread the word! Share the resources above with your friends and community so more people know what help is available if and when they need it. Talking about these resources and issues also helps reduce the stigma around getting help or even talking about mental health.