Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

At their August 26 meeting, the Village of Huntley Board of Trustees made a proclamation to recognize September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S. Additionally, the overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999. We have the power to change these statistics. The first step is reaching out to our loved ones. Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.
Helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.

If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Additional information and resources can also be found online at:  www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

Always call 9-1-1 if you or another person is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or may be a danger to themselves or someone else.