Between 10 and 20 million people attempt suicide each year, according to some estimates. Among teens and young adults, suicide continues to be a leading cause of death. In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, we wanted to highlight a few helpful resources.

If you are feeling hopeless, desperate or alone, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour hotline for anyone considering suicide or in emotional distress.

If you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs, seek help as soon as possible:

• Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
• Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
• Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
• Feeling hopeless
• Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
• Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking
• Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
• Increasing alcohol or drug use
• Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
• Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
• Experiencing dramatic mood changes
• Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

Additional resources on suicide prevention and loss:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – “the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.” Hosts annual National Survivors of Suicide Day in November. Provides helpful resources and articles like When You Fear Someone May Take Their Life.

American Association of Suicidology – “promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers.”

Sibling Survivors of Suicide – Author, suicide survivor and AAS President-Elect Michelle Linn-Gust discusses the grief of surviving siblings, the "forgotten mourners."

Suicide survivors resources – for family and friends who have lost someone to suicide

Support group for suicide survivors

Youth Suicide: How You Can Help the Survivors – Etiquette expert Florence Isaacs gives advice on how to support and comfort the parents and other survivors.

Supporting the Bereaved After a Suicide – Condolence expert Robbie Miller Kaplan offers advice on what to say (and not say) to the survivors after a death by suicide.

Planning a Memorial Service After a Suicide – Rev. Sarah York has presided at memorial services; she also lost her stepson to suicide.

Listening to What a Bereaved Child Needs – Blogger Ellen Gerst talks about the death by suicide of her husband and how she helped her children cope with the loss.

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