Seek and offer help this September

September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month

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By suicidepreventionlifeline.org

"We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals."

Rebecca Carroll, Staff Writer

It is estimated that every year, one million people commit suicide globally. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 45,000 Americans take their own lives annually. For every suicide, there are 25 failed attempts. It is the second leading cause of death for young adults in the United States. The month of September is dedicated to spreading awareness about suicide and prevention methods.

SafeColleges.com reports that 1,000 college students commit suicide each year. Of these students, only 10 percent sought help. Depression is believed to be the most common cause of suicide attempts, but research has found that roughly 90 percent of people are treated successfully when they seek help.

Many people who commit suicide feel life has become unbearable and are seeking an end to their pain. Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to someone— a friend or counselor.

Southeastern offers counseling and other resources at no cost to students. Visit https://www.se.edu/student-wellness/counseling-center/ for information on session types, as well as common misconceptions about counseling.

Students can help by checking on their friends and letting them know they are available if they ever need to talk. Those seeking more information about suicide prevention can visit Save.org.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It is available toll-free 24/7.

Lifeline ofrece 24/7, gratuito servicios en español, no es necesario hablar ingles si usted necesita ayuda. (suicidepreventionlifeline.org)