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September: National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Mood disorders. Anxiety disorders. Personality disorders. Eating disorders. Trauma-related disorders. These are just 5 of some of the most common illnesses that can disturb our mental health. Many of us who suffer from mental health stability assume that we are alone in our struggles. Guess what? We all have our own mental struggles. Some of us struggle more than others. Some struggle with suicide due to their anxiety, mood swings, depression, eating disorders, traumatic events, etc. It's not uncommon. If you didn't know already, here are 8 statistics about suicide:

  • More than one in three people who die by suicide are found to be under the influence of alcohol.

  • Although more women attempt suicide, men are 4x more likely to die by suicide, with the highest rate being middle-aged white men.

  • 10% of young adults have said that they have experienced suicidal thoughts within the past year.

  • 46% of people who have died by suicide, had a diagnosed mental health condition.

  • 75% of all people who die by suicide are male.

  • The overall rate of suicide has increased by 31% since 2001.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34 and the 4th leading cause of death for people ages 35-54.

  • In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death for African Americans, ages 15-24

These are just some of the staggering statistics relative to suicide. Most people have no idea about these statistics. Most people do not seek help or talk about their afflictions with suicide or suicidal thoughts. has provided free graphics to share and Stress-Free VA Services has also created some graphics for you to share to spread the word and make people more aware.

Know the signs. Spread the knowledge. Help stop suicide.

If you or anyone else you know may be suffering from suicidal thoughts, please call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. It's never too late.

Click here to access the free graphics.

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