September is Suicide Prevention Month
September 7, 2021 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command
WASHINGTON – September is Suicide Prevention Month and September 10 is International Suicide Awareness Day. The suicide prevention and awareness campaigns are to raise awareness on the stigmatized, and often taboo, topic.
“Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
In addition to shifting public perception, the awareness day and prevention month is used to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. The goal is to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat. Veterans don’t have to be enrolled in Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) health care or registered with VA to use the Veterans Crisis Line.
Navy Wounded Warrior is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and providing resources and support to their families.Through proactive leadership, the program provides individually tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors’ recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.
Infographics are shared from the National Alliance on Mental Illnes and Project 1 Small Act. Data is from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other select resources. No Navy endorsement implied.