According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), PTSD and suicide rates have continued to climb by 30% in the United States since 1999. More than 40,000 people commit suicide annually. This epidemic leaves families to pick up the pieces and somehow work through their loss. For this reason, National Suicide Prevention Month is an essential time of year for thousands of Americans.
Held every September, National Suicide Prevention Month is a time for families, organizations, and communities to come together to create awareness about suicide. Groups can organize events to remember those who have fallen and to offer resources and help to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health disorders that can trigger suicide.
If you are interested in volunteering during September, then find a treatment center that offers PTSD treatment in Los Angeles. Trauma counseling will be offering opportunities to help out in your community.
How National Suicide Prevention Month Makes a Difference
Those who have been affected by suicide know how devastating it can be on family, friends, and communities. Suicide affects people from all ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, genders, and walks of life. It often occurs when you least expect it. Even people who observe suicidal behavior or thoughts are caught off guard when it happens.
This is why National Suicide Prevention Month was started. During September, people and organization can share stories, resources, and shed some light on this sensitive and stigmatized topic. By partnering with professionals and organization, you can reach out to your community if only to save one more person from suicide.
How You Can Help During September
The first way that you can help someone during National Suicide Prevention Month 2019 is to connect a loved one or friend to crisis resources such as:
- 911 if there is an emergency
- Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
- National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Text NAMI at 741-741
You can also help by organizing or volunteering in an event in your community. Events can range from memorials for fallen family members to setting booths and handing resources or creating a community event. You can also promote awareness on your social media page, website, or at your business.
You can also utilize the resources on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website. There you can find a wide range of resources such as:
- Messaging guides
- Personal stories (share your own)
- Partners and events worldwide
- Fundraising opportunities
- NAMI walk-a-thons
You can also learn about how to become an advocate for mental health. There are lots of opportunities for you to show that you care about those who suffer from suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
Get Involved with National Suicide Prevention Month Today
If you are interested in getting involved with National Suicide Prevention Month, then contact Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles. We offer a wide range of treatments, therapy, resources, and support for those who are struggling with suicide. To find out more about National Suicide Prevention Month, call us at 310.720.8200. We are here to help you as you help others.