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Blog of the Month, September: Suicide - by: Hunter Miller & Colleen Donnelly

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

September is known as National Suicide Awareness month. It is important to be aware of a sensitive topic like suicide because there could always be somebody that you know who is contemplating suicide. Many organizations are dedicated to providing information to people who are considering and people who know someone contemplating suicide to prevent them from making that decision. Below we have illustrated fast facts about suicide, warning signs you should look out for, steps to help a friend, and one way you can get involved to combat suicide.


Fast Facts

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

In 2017, the three highest suicide rated states are Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming

Approximately 45,000 Americans die from suicide each year

There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts

Fast facts were taken from SAVE and AFSP


Warning Signs

There are several possible warning signs a person may possess when contemplating suicide. While warning signs differ for each individual, some warning signs have been commonly linked to suicide. Some of these warning signs include:

Increased substance use

Distancing yourself from loved ones and peers, especially in social atmospheres

Abnormal changes in mood

Acting out of one’s typical character