Suicide Awareness Month seeks to encourage conversation

Published 9:33 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background.

“In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition,” officials said in a Crossroads press release. “Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.”

“September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic.”

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According to the release, the month is used to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)