• Mia Shelton

Suicide Prevention Month Resources and Recap


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September is suicide prevention month, and this year, it was particularly important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “elevated levels of adverse mental health conditions, substance use, and suicidal ideation were reported by adults in the United States in June 2020.” There are new stressors that have inflicted our society in the past year, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic crisis it has caused, and there are stressors that have plagued our society for far too long, such as the racism faced by BIPOC every day. Suicide rates were already on the rise in the United States, and the unique struggles of 2020 have only worsened this issue. While September is ending, suicide prevention month is not. Below are several resources for suicide prevention.

Hotlines:


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 — Military Veterans, Press 1

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

U.S. Military Veterans Crisis Line: Send a text to 838255

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse): 1-800-662-4357

Resources for Marginalized Communities:


You deserve to be heard: mental health is just as important as physical health; in fact, the two affect each other. Many groups have historically been silenced, ignored and left out of conversations about mental health and suicide prevention. This resource, as well as the ones listed below, are designed to help different communities be heard and receive the treatment they deserve.


Black and African-American

Find culturally-competent mental health professionals

Black Lives Matter in Suicide Prevention

LGBTQ+

The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386

The Trevor Project Text Line: text START to 678-678

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

The Trevor Project Confidential Chat Feature

Native American

Indian Health Service

We R Native

Center for Native American Youth

Self-Care for Native Americans

Spanish-Speakers

Ayuda en Español

How to help someone in crisis: página web escrita en español

Prestamos Servicios En Español: 1-888-628-9454

Deaf Community

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Online Chat

For TTY Users: use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255


Educational Resources:


How to Create a Suicide Prevention Plan: if you are someone who is at risk for suicide, it can be helpful to create a safety plan ahead of time for times when you are in crisis

Suicide Prevention Guide

Risk Factors and Warning Signs of Suicide

How Colleges and Universities Can Support the Mental Health of POC

Quick Guide to Cultural Competency in Suicide Prevention

How to be Culturally and Linguistically Competent in Suicide Prevention

How to be an Ally

Emotional Wellbeing During the Pandemic

Suicide Prevention in Schools During COVID-19

Risk Factors and Protective Factors

How You Can Prevent Suicide on an Everyday Basis

The National Center for Grieving Children and Families: here, you can find informational resources and support if you are grieving, as loss can be a risk factor for suicide


By Mia Shelton, Staff Writer

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