Preventing Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month (and September 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week). It’s a great time to learn what we can all do to save lives.

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Whether or not you have concerns about yourself or a friend or loved one, check out the website of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) today to watch videos and read expert advice on how to help people who may be struggling.

Click here for AFSP videos and webpages on topics such as how to start a conversion about suicide, talking about the topic with young people as well as the elderly.

Click here for a list of AFSP-recommended resources for crisis services, mental health care, and specific issues like bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, stress, and suicide prevention.

Around the country, local chapters of the AFSP organize “Out of the Darkness” walks to raise money for research, educational programs, advocacy, and supporting survivors of suicide loss. Coinciding with National Suicide Prevention Week, the Greater Ithaca walk takes place on Saturday, September 14 from 12 Noon to 2 p.m.

Click here to register for the Out of the Darkness Greater Ithaca Walk or to make a donation now to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

[If you or someone you know feels the need to speak with a mental health professional, you can contact the Crisisline (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) at 1-800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.]