The National Action Alliance for Suicide Preventionand the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline know it is possible to reduce deaths from suicide like we have reduced heart disease fatalities and other leading causes of death. We know that for every person who dies by suicide annually, there are another 278 people who have thought seriously about suicide who don’t kill themselves, and nearly 60 who have survived a suicide attempt, the overwhelming majority of whom will go on to live out their lives. These untold stories of hope and recovery are the stories of suicide prevention, stories which are informing the Lifeline and the Action Alliance’s efforts to prevent more suicides every day. We also know that we are not the only ones that are making a difference in preventing suicides.
Be the one to spread the word about suicide prevention, and show the world how we can all take action and make an impact in someone’s life. Participate in #BeThe1To for September 2016’s National Suicide Prevention Month (and beyond!), and learn how you can help someone who may be thinking of suicide by clicking here.
Incidents of community violence can lead to overwhelming feelings of anxiety, confusion, anger or fear. The national Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7 confidential support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress related to recent events in #Tulsa and #Charlotte. #TalkWithUs at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
Each year, more Americans die from drug overdoses than in traffic accidents, and more than three out of five of these deaths involve an opioid. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioid pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl, has nearly quadrupled. Many people who die from an overdose struggle with an opioid use disorder or other substance use disorder, and unfortunately misconceptions surrounding these disorders have contributed to harmful stigmas that prevent individuals from seeking evidence-based treatment. During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we pause to remember all those we have lost to opioid use disorder, we stand with the courageous individuals in recovery, and we recognize the importance of raising awareness of this epidemic.
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