September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.” One person completes suicide every 13 minutes and it is estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States have been directly affected by a suicide. Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing. Experts also know that suicidal crises tend to be brief. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Please join us by lighting a candle this evening at 8pm near a window to raise awareness for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one and to show your support for those who are survivors of suicide.
It takes all of us together to reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.
Nancy A. Salamy, LMFT