Suicide Awareness

With the news about Anthony Bourdain’s death just days after Kate Spade’s death, a great deal of news coverage has focused this week on the two celebrities who ended their lives. On average, 123 die every day by suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The CDC released a report this week that shows suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016.

There is no more urgent time than now, to talk with our loved ones about suicide, and to make sure that we reach out for help and support.

We encourage you to share this information about suicide with your friends and family. Most importantly, anyone in crisis who needs help immediately, can call 800-273-TALK (8255) or 800-SUICIDE (784-2433) any time, any day. Or they can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. These 24-hour-a-day suicide prevention lifelines are free services, available to anyone. All calls are confidential.

In addition, here are some articles you can read:
Myths and Facts About Suicide
If a Loved One Talks of Suicide
Coping With the Suicide of a Loved One or Friend
Stories of hope and recovery

If you or your loved one are in a crisis and need help immediately, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) any time, any day. Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Or go to www.suicide.org online. These 24-hour-a-day suicide prevention lifelines are free services, available to anyone. All calls are confidential.