All Posts in Category: Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month


National Suicide Prevention Month is observed throughout the month of September, and this week is Suicide Prevention Week. Every year, approximately 44,000 Americans die by suicide, meaning there are about 120 suicides every day.1 Just last year, it was reported that suicide rates in the U.S. had reached a 30-year high.2

There are many ways that you can help spread awareness and prevent suicide.

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National Suicide Prevention Week, September 5 – 11, 2016

13108_AFSP_SPW_SocialGraphic_d1Whether you have personally lost a loved one to suicide or are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, you are not alone. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and every 1 in 5 people who die by suicide are veterans. But there is always hope. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide, as well as the driving force behind National Suicide Prevention Week this September 5-11.

The best way to help yourself or a loved one is to learn about the suicide warning signs, risk factors and where to reach out for help.  Although about 75% of those who die by suicide exhibit some warning signs, it is important to be aware that some people do not show any signs at all. Recognizing the risk factors and warning signs of suicide is something we can all do to help prevent the loss of more lives, so take some time to familiarize yourself.

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Message of Hope for Depressed Teens at 2015 Academy Awards

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore Publically Shares His Attempted Teen Suicide and Ongoing Struggle with Depression

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore

He is bold, brazen and courageous!  Screenwritter Graham Moore- age 34, shared his Oscar winning moment with millions of teens around the world as he bravely disclosed his attempted suicide when he was 16 years old.  Moore made abundantly clear that his Hollywood moment in the limelight was not for him alone, but for the numerous teens suffering with depression.

“When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

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Robin Williams’ Death Reminds us Mental Illness can Affect Anyone

Robin WilliamsThe world is mourning the loss of one of the best actors, philanthropists and comedians today as Robin Williams was found deceased in his home yesterday at the age of 63. Williams died from an apparent suicide, when his struggle with depression and substance abuse came to an end. According to his publicists, Williams was likely to be suffering from bipolar disorder along with his severe depression symptoms. He even underwent rehab as recently as July to protect his sobriety.

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