September is Suicide Awareness Month

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

Are you in a crisis? 

  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text HOME to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Suicides have become the second-leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States according to the Population Reference Bureau[1].  It's important for loved ones to know the signs and symptoms and know what to do and where to go for help.


Some signs and symptoms you may notice...

Here are a few  warning signs of suicide:

  • Increased alcohol and drug use

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Withdrawal from friends, family and community

  • Dramatic mood swings

  • Impulsive or reckless behavior

  • Intense sadness and/or hopelessness

  • Not caring about activities that used to matter

  • Traumatic event

  • Family history with suicide

Suicidal behaviors are a psychiatric emergency. If you or a loved one starts to take any of these steps, seek immediate help from a health care provider or call 911:

  • Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon

  • Giving away possessions

  • Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts

  • Saying goodbye to friends and family

More information on the NAMI website

If your child or teen is facing difficulties with mental health, Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health may be able to help. Call 757-461-4565 today for a no-cost, confidential assessment. No referral or emergency room visit is needed. More information here.

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Suicide Awareness events in the area. 

September 23rd, 11am 

Suicide, Let's Talk About It Webinar

Register here



October 8th, 6 pm

Shatter the Silence

Register here