September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It's a time to shine a light on an issue that affects numerous lives not only in Texas but all over the world. This month reminds us of the silent battles many people fight daily. Reaching out, providing support, and raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention are more important now than ever.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) points out several reasons for observing National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH: WHY IT MATTERS MORE THAN EVER

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Awareness

Even with a better understanding of mental health, the need to raise awareness continues. It's vital to combat any misconceptions and educate the public on the signs, causes, and prevention of suicide.

Promoting Resources

Helplines, counseling services, and even support groups can truly be lifesavers. By getting the word out, more people know where to turn when in need.

Creating Safe Spaces

Having open discussions about mental health and suicide can make it easier for someone to share what they're going through and seek help. If someone you know is struggling, there are ways you can comfort and support them.

Listen Actively

Sometimes, all a person needs is someone to listen without judgment. Make yourself available, and allow them to express their feelings.

Avoid Offering Solutions

While it might be tempting to provide solutions or suggest "looking at the bright side," it's more helpful to acknowledge someone's pain and let them know you're there for them.

Stay Connected

Regular check-ins can make a world of difference. A simple text or call can show someone they matter and are not alone.

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is not just about recognizing the issue but also about constructing an environment where those in pain can be heard and supported. It's an opportunity to encourage and remind everyone that their lives have value and that there's always hope, even when things get dark.

To be connected to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, call or send a text to 988.

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