September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Talking about suicide can be uncomfortable.  However, open, honest discussion on this important topic saves lives.  Since 2008, September has been recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  This is a great time to raise awareness, move beyond stigma and promote healing.

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States.  Tragically, more than 45,900 people died due to self-directed injury in 2020.  It was the second leading cause of death among individuals 10-14 and 25-32, third among those 15-24, and fourth for individuals aged 35-44.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide

Untreated mental health or substance use conditions often contribute to suicide events, and services are available right here in Lake County.  Information on Lake County Behavioral Health Services programs and offerings is accessible here:

http://www.lakecountyca.gov/Page776.aspx

Reducing emotional pain, enhancing social connection, and improving the overall quality of life are the most effective ways to reduce the intensity and frequency of suicidal feelings and thoughts.

Please remember, suicide is preventable.  Each of us has a role to play to save lives and create strong and healthy individuals, families, and communities. 

Just last year, Lake County Behavioral Health Services trained more than 700 individuals in suicide prevention.

After many years of advocacy and preparation, 9-8-8 is also now available 24/7 as the new number to call or text to get connected with support in the event of a suicide crisis.

[https://988lifeline.org/]

Please join Lake County Behavioral Health Services in helping raise public awareness on this complex subject, and doing what you can to support those to whom you are connected.

For more information, please contact Lake County Behavioral Health Services at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090. 

If you or someone you love is in crisis, please call 800-900-2075 or the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

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