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World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th

September is a significant month for raising awareness about suicide prevention, as it is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. On September 10th, the world comes together to observe World Suicide Prevention Day. This triennial event carries the theme "Creating Hope Through Action" from 2021-2023, serving as a powerful call to action and a reminder that there is always an alternative to suicide.

Suicide is not only a personal tragedy but also a major public health problem with wide-ranging social, emotional, and economic consequences. It is estimated that over 700,000 lives are lost to suicide each year worldwide. These staggering numbers emphasize the urgent need for collective efforts in preventing such devastating loss.

By promoting awareness and understanding, we can break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues and encourage open conversations about suicide prevention. Together, we can create an environment where individuals feel supported and empowered to seek help when they need it most.

During this month of reflection and action, let us come together as a global community to raise awareness about suicide prevention. By offering compassion, support, and resources to those in need, we can make a difference in saving lives.

As you may or may not know, this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve lost a cousin to suicide, had another one attempt it, and even had my own planned out at one time. With the idea that prevention starts with awareness, I have even taken the seat on the Board of Directors for ACT Through Music, Inc which focuses on suicide awareness and prevention in middle and high schools. We distribute ACT Kits with words of encouragement, journals, stress balls, emergency numbers and more to the guidance counselors for distribution to their students.

In discussing the importance of creating hope through action, we are reminded of the significant impact it can have on individuals who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. By taking meaningful steps to demonstrate our care and support, we can send a powerful message that there is hope for a brighter future.

It is crucial to recognize that our actions, regardless of their scale, can serve as beacons of hope for those who are struggling. Whether it's offering a listening ear, connecting them with resources, or simply showing empathy and understanding, every effort matters. By actively engaging in suicide prevention measures, we not only provide immediate support but also contribute to the broader goal of reducing suicide mortality rates.

This discussion serves as a reminder that suicide prevention should be treated as a public health priority. Urgent action is required to address this pressing issue and ensure that individuals in crisis receive the care they need. Together, through compassionate action and continued advocacy, we can create an environment where hope thrives and lives are saved.

Remember: there is always hope and an alternative path forward.

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