Mental health organizations across the country recognize National Suicide Prevention Week and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month during the month of September each year. By attempting to shift public perception, spread hope, and share information, the campaign’s goal is to ensure that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide and seek help. Throughout the month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will highlight its Together for Mental Health initiative, encouraging people to advocate for better mental health care. Thanks to years of advocacy efforts, the 988 hotline launched this summer, providing a new number to contact for mental health, substance use, and suicide crises. This new number will connect people to vital support during a crisis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no matter where they live. Feel free to select from these images and graphics, prepared by NAMI for use on your website and social media accounts to help spread the word during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, using #SuicidePrevention or #Together4MH.
In addition, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Partnership Center is partnering with the Rainbow Project of Detroit Association of Black Organizations to host a 90-minute virtual training designed especially for faith leaders. “Suicide Prevention 101 for Faith Leaders” will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at noon ET. Register here. You will receive a certificate of attendance and one Social Work CEU for attending.
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