September is National Suicide Prevention Month. World Suicide day is September 10. This marks the day those affected by suicide are remembered. National Suicide Prevention Week is the Monday-Sunday that surrounds World Suicide Prevention Day. Throughout the month, mental health organizations, practitioners, advocates and survivors come together to promote suicide prevention awareness. Each year more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide. “Suicide loss survivors,” friends, families of those who die are left behind, and often feel shame and stigma, preventing them from talking about their loved ones. National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time to share stories and resources and get over the stigma associated with the topic of suicide. It educates people to become aware of the warning signs to be able to help those at risk. By providing support, and directing help to those who are in need, we can prevent suicides and save lives. If you know someone who is in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately! If you or are worried about someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call The National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273- TALK (8255). By offering immediate help and support at critical times and connecting individuals to local services, we can help prevent suicide.