Suicide Prevention Month
Spreading Hope and Sharing Resources
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
For Young Folks
- How to Talk about Suicide with Friends & Peers
- NAMI Resources for Youth & Young Adults
- Teen Link – Call or Text 1-866-TEENLINK (833-6546)
- Teen Link’s Where to Turn for Teens
- Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 24/7: Call or Text 1-866-331-9474
- Homeless Youth Resources: www.homelessyouth.org/en/us/washington
- Trevor Project Lifeline: Call 1-866-488-7386 | Text START to 678-678 | Chat Online https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/
For Parents & Caregivers
Share the Facts
These are only a few of the reasons why it’s important to take part in promoting Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
King County (2016-2020)
- The Suicide rate was 12.3 people per 100,000.
- Suicide rates were the highest among people 75 years old and older at 21.5 per 100,000.
- Downtown Seattle, Covington/Maple Valley, and Kent-West had the highest rates.
- Suicides in King County are increasing.
Source: Communities Count
- In Washington State, 1,229 lives were lost to suicide in 2021. (CDC)
- 20% of Washington State 10th graders considered suicide in 2021. (Healthy Youth Survey)
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Washington teens 15-19 years old. (Healthy Youth Survey)
- Suicide Rates are higher in small towns than in larger metropolitan areas. (A Train Education)
- 79% of all people who die by suicide are male. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are 4x more likely to die by suicide. (NAMI)
- 41% of LGBTQ young people seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. (Trevor Project)
- Transgender adults are nearly 9x more likely to attempt suicide at some point in their life compared to the general population. (NAMI)
- Suicide rates among Black youth (10 to 24) rose 36.6% from 2018 to 2021, the largest percentage jump among any demographic. (CDC)
Shame and stigma thrive in silence, but telling our stories shares hope and spreads healing. Listen as people share their challenges and how they overcome struggles to find hope.
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