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September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

Release Date: September 6, 2023

By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can help prevent suicides and save lives. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. You are not alone.

How to Help Someone You Know

image of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline phone number

If you know someone who is at immediate risk of suicide, call 911 right away. It can be difficult when someone you know expresses thoughts about suicide, but you can show support by doing the following:

  • Talk. Your willingness to express your concern for the person in crisis can be the first step in getting that person help.
  • Listen. Being an active listener is another way of reminding a person in crisis that they are not alone.
  • Remain Present. Your physical and emotional presence in the person’s life makes a difference. If you are worried about their safety, get help from a mental health professional immediately.
  • Call or text 988. Last year, 988 was activated as a new three-digit dialing code. When someone dials 988, they will be connected to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This confidential support line is available 24 hours a day to provide free help to people in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.

What To Do If You Are Struggling

If you are struggling or in crisis, remember that there is hope and there are steps you can take to seek help and support.

  • Call or text 988. 988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
  • Use your Employee Assistance Program and call: 800-222-0364 (TTY: 888-262-7848, International: 314-387-4701). Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide support, referrals, and information for emergency services.

Additional Resources

For additional resources, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 988 page.

Last Updated: 09/06/2023
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