Suicide Prevention Month


Did you know that September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month? Last month was dedicated to making people more informed about this subject which can be difficult to talk about, but not that many people were even aware it was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Lots of causes have awareness months, but they seem to get more attention than this one, that’s why we at The O&G News decided to go ahead and remind people about this important month. Many people’s lives have been impacted by suicide, because suicide can affect anyone, regardless of their age, race, or gender. During this month a lot of people and organizations try to spread hope and love through social media posts, events, and outreach that let people know “they are enough”, and by sharing information about where information and help can be found. These groups’ goal is to ensure that individuals, families, and friends have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and seek help. The National Alliance on Mental Stress or NAMI is an organization that helps people suffering from depression or contemplating suicide. This month NAMI promoted, “Together for Mental Health,” which encourages people to bring their voices together to advocate for better mental health care, including a crisis response system. NAMI wants any person experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors to have a number to call, a system to turn to, that would connect them to the treatment and support they need.” When asked about the subject, students on campus responded with, “Those who are feeling depressed need to understand that there are people out there who still care and love you.”, “It is really sad and it’s a serious thing that should not be taken as a joke. We need to help people and let people know we’re here to help them.” You can find resources about suicide prevention at, or by calling the 24 hour crisis hotline 800-273-8255 or you can text NAMI to 741-741 on the Crisis Text Line.