Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or background and are often the result of mental health conditions. But suicide is preventable. One conversation with a person who cares can make a difference. To honor National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers resources that can equip everyone to hold a conversation with a friend or loved one who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.
"Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America and the third-leading cause of death for young people 10-24. Though they may occur regularly for some individuals, suicidal thoughts should always be taken seriously," said NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti, J.D. "In many cases, the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide feel shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about the issue. Having one conversation can help someone through a troubling time."