Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Resources from Monmouth University

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September brings transition whether it be the change from the warm days of summer to fall or back to school, or a new transition.  Sometimes these transitions can bring new challenges. This is a perfect time for the nation (National Suicide Prevention Week: September 8th – September 14th) and world (World Suicide Prevention Day: September 10th) to stop and recognize what WE can do!

We, at the SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, would like to encourage us all to take a moment to recognize our individual role in suicide prevention and consider what each of us can do to make a difference in someone’s life.

Over 47,000 individuals in the United States died by suicide in 2017 (the most recent year data is available) with an average of 129 individuals dying by suicide each day.  Data suggests that in 2017, there were 1.4 million suicide attempts.  This means there is room for all of us to work together to help to save a life. We can all be part of suicide prevention and you may be wondering what you can do..  . 

SO… what can we do. 

We can educate ourselves on who may be at risk for suicide.  Attend a conference, or check out some national/local suicide prevention resources. (such as: American Association for Suicidology: www.suicidology.org, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; www.afsp.org; Suicide Prevention Resource Center: www.sprc.org).

When we see the signs of suicide or are worried about someone just not acting “like themselves”, we can be willing to ask if he/she is thinking of hurting themselves? Or thinking of killing themselves?

We can learn what initial steps to take to get someone help when they are in trouble. Know your local resources and know the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number [1-800-273-8255 (TALK)] and be willing to call to get help for ourselves or call for a friend who can’t help themselves.

If you would like to learn more about the SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project, please reach out to  Michelle Scott, Ph.D., [email protected] or visit: https://www.monmouth.edu/school-of-social-work/srf/