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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Suicide Prevention Week from Sept. 4 to 10. During this time and beyond, SDCOE is committed to supporting school districts, schools, students and families, and educators to improve their mental and emotional health and well-being.

We do that by working with schools across the county to ensure tools and resources are available to youth and educators who may need help. SDCOE also offers trainings and resources for educators, students, and families all year long focused on mental health and well-being.

World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 is a time when individuals and organizations join their voices to broadcast the message that everyone can play a role in suicide prevention and to remember loved ones lost to suicide. 

Ways to Help

The National Alliance for Mental Illness states that while suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background, they shouldn't be considered normal and require action.

Learn more about how you can support your community on Sept. 17 at the Ninth District PTA and Rady Children's annual Youth Suicide Prevention Symposium open to parents, caregivers, educators, and health care professionals. 

#BeThe1To offers these five ways you can communicate with someone who may be considering suicide.

  1. Ask the question: “Are you thinking about suicide?” and then listen seriously to their answer.
  2. Increase connectedness by being there for them by being physically present, speaking with them on the phone, or messaging them to show support, and then follow through on any commitments you make.
  3. Keep them safe by calling for emergency help or connecting them to the National Suicide Lifeline by dialing 9-8-8.
  4. Connect them with ongoing supports like 988 Lifeline, the Trevor Project, or other local hotlines and resources
  5. Follow-up to see how they’re doing by calling, sending a text or a message, or a card.

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