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September 1, 2023
Commemorating Suicide Prevention Month—Awareness, Compassion, and Support

September marks National Suicide Prevention Month, when mental health advocates, survivors, affected families, and communities come together to raise awareness about this grave issue affecting millions of lives. As an organization committed to mental health and community well-being, Tangible Movement observes this month to not only educate but also to encourage a conversation that could potentially save a life.

The Startling Numbers:

  • Over 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2019, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Importance of Awareness:

Prevention starts with awareness. Recognizing the signs and taking them seriously is the first step in preventing an attempt. Although it’s a complex issue that cannot be attributed to a single factor, common signs may include:

  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Persistent sadness, hopelessness, or feeling overwhelmed
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Drastic changes in behavior and personality
  • Talking or writing about death and suicide

Taking Action:

  1. Education: Informing people about the signs, risks, and resources can prepare us to intervene when someone needs help.
  2. Communication: Talking about mental health and suicide reduces the stigma, making it easier for individuals to seek help.
  3. Community Engagement: Collaborate with schools, businesses, and communities to spread the word and provide resources for support.
  4. Resource Allocation: Fundraising for mental health initiatives ensures the availability of essential services and crisis hotlines.

How Tangible Movement is Making a Difference:

  • Community Workshops: We organize workshops and training sessions on mental health, targeting various age groups and demographics.
  • Collaboration: Partnering with local businesses and schools to create mental health spaces and provide resources.
  • Resource Development: Our ongoing fundraising initiatives allow us to get in front of underprivileged communities and share stories about suicide from a lived experience point of view.

Final Words:

In this National Suicide Prevention Month, let’s take a vow to educate ourselves and others, to speak openly about mental health, and to take actionable steps that contribute to suicide prevention. Remember, every conversation started could be a life saved.

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