September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. For people living with depression and bipolar, thoughts of suicide can be common, yet frightening. In this toolkit, you’ll find information and resources to help manage thoughts of suicide, resources to create a crisis plan, and information on identifying signs and symptoms in others.

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Suicide Prevention Information

Understanding suicidal thinking and steps you can take to help yourself or someone you love is critical to suicide prevention.

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Prepare for a Crisis 

While we never want a crisis to occur, being prepared can make all the difference. Learn more about resources and plans you can create to help in a crisis.

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When We Speak Up, We Save Lives  

In our Community Suicide Prevention Guide, we have resources to help you understand the impact of suicide in the United States, we’ve outlined warning signs and symptoms, we’ve noted helpful tools to begin important conversations about suicide, and we’ve outlined some empowering actions you can take to help the cause of suicide prevention.

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Suicide Prevention for Parents and Caregivers  

One of the most challenging realities as a parent or caregiver is observing your child experience mental health symptoms. Of those symptoms, it can be the most challenging to process and protect against suicidality. In this article, we’ve outlined what parents and caregivers need to know for suicide prevention. 

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Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss 

Coping with the loss of a loved one is challenging, and it can be difficult to know how to best support someone who has lost a loved one to suicide. In this episode of the DBSA podcast series, two DBSA Young Adult Council Members interview co-facilitators of a Survivors of Suicide bereavement support group.

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Discussion on Suicidal Thinking

Last fall we streamed the film My Ascension, which is the story of Emma Benoit, who was paralyzed by a suicide attempt but used her painful experience to spread hope and awareness. DBSA hosted a panel of peers and subject matter experts who shared stories and resources to help teens, their parents, and loved ones better understand suicidal thinking and mood disorders.

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Find a Peer Support Group

Peer support has been proven to increase treatment responsiveness, hope, social function, wellness, and self-esteem and bring about a sense of control, all of which can help decrease suicidal thoughts. DBSA offers in-person and online support groups. Find a group today.

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You Can Help

With your support, we can continue to offer our lifesaving services to our community to stop the rate of suicide from increasing to foster connection, wellness, and hope.

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