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September is suicidal Prevention Month



September is suicidal prevention. How many informative facts do you know about suicide awareness? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Grab a pencil and paper and answer the questions below. Remember, it's OK if you don't get everything correct; this quiz aims to test your knowledge and help you gain more insight into suicide awareness.


1: Suicides are highest among male Black Americans, at 37.4%, according to the CDC in 2020. True or False 2: The use of firearms is the number one method of suicide. True or False 3: In 2020, the prevalence of serious suicidal thoughts was highest among seniors. True False 4: LGBTO youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers. True or False 5: Between 2007 and 2018, the suicide rate among those 10 to 24 years of age increased by nearly 60%, according to the CDC.it's True or False Here are the answers to the above questions.1." False." 2." True 3." False 4." True 5." True


While most of us assume that asking a loved one about suicidality can increase suicidal tendencies, several studies have found that questions about suicide do not increase potential suicidality. Doing so could save a life. If someone shares their suicidal thoughts with you, you may feel a lot of pressure to respond “correctly,” but first and foremost, remember that they shared this with you, which is a positive thing; you now have the opportunity to help. Sometimes, you need to hear (or share) the right words.


Here are a few quotes that will inspire, give hope, and give strength to those needing a listening ear and help. “When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.” Joyce Meyer. “No matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life goes on, and it will be better tomorrow.” Maya Angelou. Please know that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. If you’re in a crisis, please dial 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.


If you’re looking for professional help or looking for specific support, we encourage you to use ​​Good Good Good’s Mental Health Resources Guide. You can also text HOME to 741-741 to instantly connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7, for free. New York Psychotherapy Counseling Center (NYPCC) provides services to children, adolescents, and adults throughout the NYC area. They are open seven days a week, and early morning and late evening appointments are available in addition to Telehealth visits in the comfort of your home. Their contact number is (718) 485-2100.


Diane Cooper


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