Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
A Message from Richard Porth
President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut
Suicide is an issue that affects all Americans. Recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data reported in April 2016 show that from 1999 through 2014, suicide rates increased 24 percent in the general population for both males and females.
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shows that in Connecticut suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and the 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-54. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in the dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention. Learn more about risk factors and warning signs at http://www.preventsuicidect.org/.
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.