September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the week of September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is a major public health concern and a leading cause of death in the United States (https://www.cdc.gov/suicide/facts/index.html). It is also preventable. The National Alliance for Mental Illness has focused its prevention activities on the theme “Together for Mental Health” which encourages people with and without mental illness to advocate together for better mental health care and crisis response. Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health, knowing potential risk factors and warning signs, and destigmatizing talking about and seeking suicide and mental health supports are all essential in preventing suicide.
Individuals with psychiatric disabilities, mental illness, or depression related to chronic conditions may be at increased risk for suicide or thinking about suicide. Staying connected to the community is one way people with these conditions may improve their mental and physical health. The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (also known as the TU Collaborative) offers a variety of resources for individuals, families, and service providers to support community inclusion and specific domains such as housing, employment, education, relationships, and more. These include tools for building welcoming communities that are inclusive of people with serious mental illness. Additionally, the REHABDATA database offers over 300 documents related to suicide and mental health* conditions across a range of age groups and disability types.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800/273-8255, or text HOME to 741741, or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now.
*Documents may be obtained through our document delivery service for a nominal fee.