Suicide Prevention Week

This month we focus on one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

On average, 123 people commit suicide every day in the United States, approximately one person every 12 minutes.

An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide every day, approximately one veteran every 65 minutes.

In the United States, rates of suicide are highest among people from 45 to 54 years of age, and rates of suicide among youth who are from 15 to 24 years of age have increased more than 200 percent in the last 50 years.

Each life lost to suicide represents a child, sibling, parent, teacher, or friend who did not receive the help they needed. It is estimated that 4.78 million people in the United States have lost a loved one to suicide.

This year, I introduced ACR 37 to proclaim the week of September 5, 2021, through September 11, 2021, as Suicide Prevention Week in California to raise awareness of this public health issue. 

If you or someone you know needs support or help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273.8255 or text “HELLO” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Counselors are available 24/7 at no cost.

For additional resources and support, please visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.