September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Guest Blog by MSW intern Laura Ayala

*Trigger Warning* This blog post contains discussions about suicide. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time or is experiencing a crisis, please see the resources provided below or call 911.

It is known that suicide is responsible for approximately 45,000 deaths per year in the United States alone, and nearly 800,000 deaths globally each year. In the U.S., suicide is the 10th overall leading cause of death and the 2nd leading cause of death among ages 10-34.

As high as these rates are, they are still very much underreported due to the stigma and myths surrounding mental health issues, which prevents many people from reaching out and seeking help. In fact, 90% of those who died by suicide in 2018 had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death. Understanding the risk factors and warning signs to suicidal behavior could help to reduce the rates to both suicide attempts and deaths by suicide.