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September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a life-saving observance that raises awareness about suicide risk and the resources available for prevention. As we take this month to reflect on the importance of mental health and support for employees and their families, it’s vital to be informed and proactive.
The statistics concerning suicide are sobering. According to the World Health Organization, more than 700,000 people die due to suicide every year. This chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how the rate of suicides increased in the U.S. from 48,1983 in 2021 to 49,449 in 2022.
Did You Know?
Anyone can be suicidal regardless of their age, gender, background or occupation. Early recognition of signs of suicidal ideation like these can help save lives:
Self-awareness is the first step, and when acting as a team, have the collective power to do more:
We understand the importance of mental well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling:
The road to prevention is paved with understanding, compassion and a proactive mindset. For Suicide Prevention Month, make a commitment to be there for friends, family members and co-workers to listen and to support.
Well-being matters. Together, we can make a difference.
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