Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
• Each year more than 41,000 people die by suicide.
• Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the US.
• Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24.
Earlier this year, the Sugar Grove Village Board passed a resolution recognizing the month of September 2020 as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with the intention to help promote awareness surrounding suicide prevention resources available to those in our community. The simple goal is to learn how to help those around us and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.
It is important that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. Information can be found on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website.
• If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
• If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
• If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
This month residents are encouraged to take the time to inquire as to the well-being of their family, friends, and neighbors. We can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide.