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National Suicide Prevention 2020

 Sep 01 - Sep 30, 2020

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

WHO Video Length 0:51
#40seconds Suicide Prevention Campaign
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U.S. National Suicide Prevention Week 2020

Sunday, September 6 -
Saturday, September 12

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Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health:

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#40seconds Suicide Prevention Campaign Video Text:

Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. Every single loss is a tragedy. Suicide can affect anyone, anywhere, young and old from all walks of life.  If you are worried about someone, reach out and offer your support. Encourage them to seek help. Offer to go with them to an appointment, let them know you care. If you're struggling and wondering how you can go on, talk to someone you trust and ask for help. However hard things get, there is hope. You can find joy in life again. Never give up, never ever give up.

CDC - What is Suicide? Video Text:

Suicide is death by self-directed violence with an intent to die. It's also preventable. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. This serious public health issue impacts the lives of individuals, families, and communities every day. More than 120 suicides occur in the United States each day. For every 1 suicide, there are an estimated 30 attempts. Suicide and non-fatal self-directed violence cost the U.S. more than 69 billion every year.

People may be at risk for suicide if they have a family history of suicide, previous suicide attempts, social isolation, economic hardship, or a history of mental health problems or alcohol and substance abuse. Warning signs include talking about or threatening suicide or actively looking for means to do so. Sudden changes in behavior or mood, especially following a painful event or loss, can also be warning signs. But the good news is that suicide is preventable.

There are strategies that prevent suicide by reducing risks and increasing protective factors. You can help by strengthening access and delivery of suicide care, creating protective environments, promoting connectedness, teaching coping and problem-solving skills, identifying and supporting people at risk, lessening harms and preventing future risk, and by strengthening economic supports. Working together, we can prevent suicide.

CDC Suicide Prevention Infographic Text:

Help Prevent Suicide

Let’s save lives by stopping suicidal thoughts and behaviors before they start.

Suicide is a public health problem.

In the U.S., 121 suicides occur each day.

Preventing suicide is a priority for CDC.

Suicide is preventable.

By thinking beyond treatment alone to strategies that impact the context and underlying risks, we can prevent the risk of suicide in the first place.

CDC has developed a technical package to help states and communities use the best-available evidence to prevent suicide.

7 Strategies to prevent suicide

  • Strengthen economic supports
  • Strengthen access and delivery of suicide care
  • Create protective environments
  • Promote connectedness
  • Teach coping and problem-solving skills
  • Identify and support people at risk
  • Lessen harms and prevent future risk

It’s important to monitor and evaluate your efforts. Findings can be used to inform planning and enhance implementation.

Be part of the solution.

Your prevention efforts may involve developing new partnerships and working across sectors.

Including Public Health, Business, Labor, Health Services, Education, Veteran/Military, Government, Justice, Housing, Media, Community Organizations (Foundations, Faith-Based Groups & More)


Use CDC’s technical package to start or expand your suicide prevention efforts.

Be a part of helping America meet the goal of reducing the annual rate of suicide by 20% by 2025, set by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Find more planning & prevention resources: