Health Advocate Blog

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

You are not alone. Getting help is a sign of strength!

Anyone who is feeling depressed or overwhelmed by grief, loss, financial burdens, relationship problems, health issues or even troublesome events going on could be at risk of struggling with suicidal thoughts. According to 2021 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12.3 million adults have seriously thought about suicide.

Whether it’s you who or someone you know who may have these thoughts, reaching out for help is a sign of strength, and getting help is always the right action. Depression can be treated and there is support to help you overcome your struggles and renew hope, even though it may feel impossible at the time. Remember, you are not alone—there is help available!

Know the warning signs

If you or someone you know is experiencing these warning signs, it’s important to get help right away.

  • Talking or writing about suicide, including hints like “You’ll be better off without me”
  • Withdrawal from friends or family, frequently saying or feeling things like “They just don’t understand me”
  • Expressing ongoing hopelessness, sadness, rage, a desire for revenge, or feeling trapped, worthless or guilty
  • A painful life event such as the loss of a relationship
  • Changes in behavior, including disinterest in pleasurable activities or giving away prized possessions
  • Taking action like seeking access to a weapon, pills or other means to harm oneself

If you need help now, call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. If you are imminent danger, call 911. Both services are available 24/7.

For more information…

If you’re struggling, we’ve created a brief video that may help you. Watch it here:

Read more about the risk factors of suicide, including the stigma of speaking up, as well as the factors that protect against suicide risk: