September is Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month

September is Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States, seeing one person commit suicide every thirteen minutes. Nearly five-million people in the United States have lost a loved one to suicide, and it claims the lives of over 1,894 Pennsylvanians each year. That equates to an average of one person every five hours in the Commonwealth.

In Pennsylvania, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 26- to 34-year-olds, third leading cause of death for 10- to 24-year-olds, and fourth leading cause of death for ages 35 to 54.

Prejudice and discrimination associated with mental health and suicide work against suicide prevention by discouraging persons at risk from seeking life-saving help and further traumatizes survivors of suicide. Because local and state-wide suicide prevention efforts should be developed and encouraged to the maximum extent possible, College Township Council has designated the month of September 2018 as "College Township Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month" and September 10, 2018, as "College Township Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day."

Are you or someone you care about in suicidal crisis for emotional distress? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. They offer free and confidential assistance and will be there for you and/or your loved one.