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National Suicide Prevention Month: How You Can Help

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  • 21 September 2023
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September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a life-saving observance that raises awareness about suicide risk and the resources available for prevention. As we take this month to reflect on the importance of mental health and support for employees and their families, it’s vital to be informed and proactive.

Understanding the Gravity

The statistics concerning suicide are sobering. According to the World Health Organization, more than 700,000 people die due to suicide every year. This chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how the rate of suicides increased in the U.S. from 48,1983 in 2021 to 49,449 in 2022.

Did You Know?

  • For each suicide, there are over 20 attempts.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers and adults who are 15 to 29 years old.
  • In 2021, 12.3 million U.S. adults thought seriously about suicide and 1.7 million attempted suicide. 

Recognizing the Signs

Anyone can be suicidal regardless of their age, gender, background or occupation. Early recognition of signs of suicidal ideation like these can help save lives:

  • Verbal expressions of wanting to die or feeling hopeless
  • Increased isolation from friends and family
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits
  • Expressing feeling trapped or suffering from unbearable mental and/or physical pain

How You Can Help

Self-awareness is the first step, and when acting as a team,  have the collective power to do more:

  • Listen actively: If someone you know appears to be at risk, take the time to listen without judgment. Sometimes, just being heard can make a huge difference.
  • Stay connected: Regular check-ins can make a vulnerable person feel valued and less isolated.
  • Encourage professional help: If you see signs of suicidal ideation, suggest that the person seek help from a therapist, counselor or helpline. Remember, it’s okay to lean on professionals.


We understand the importance of mental well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling:

The road to prevention is paved with understanding, compassion and a proactive mindset. For Suicide Prevention Month, make a commitment to be there for friends, family members and co-workers to listen and to support.

Well-being matters. Together, we can make a difference.