Shining a Light on National Suicide Prevention Month

September 8, 2023
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Suicidal thoughts do not discriminate. They can quietly creep into anyone's life, regardless of age, gender, or background. Often, they're the painful result of untreated mental health conditions. But here's the truth: These thoughts, while sadly common, should never be considered normal. They're a signal of deeper issues that deserve attention. National Suicide Prevention Month reminds us that we all have a role in preventing suicide. Together, we can create a world where suffering individuals feel understood, supported, and empowered to seek help. 

This post aims to equip individuals, friends, and families with the knowledge and resources they need for life-saving conversations and seeking help. Let's shine a light on hope and healing this September and throughout the year because every life is worth saving. Together, we can make a difference. Let’s break the silence together. #SuicidePreventionMonth

Why National Suicide Prevention Month Matters:

  • Breaking the Silence: One of the most significant hurdles in suicide prevention is the stigma surrounding mental health issues. National Suicide Prevention Month encourages open conversations about mental health, urging us to break the silence and destigmatize seeking help.
  • Education and Awareness: During this month, various organizations, mental health advocates, and communities organize events and activities to educate people about the signs of suicide and the resources available for support. Knowledge is power, and recognizing the warning signs can make a lifesaving difference.
  • Support and Connection: We often underestimate the power of a simple, heartfelt conversation. National Suicide Prevention Month is an opportunity to reach out to friends and family, offering support and letting them know they're not alone. Your presence and empathy can be a lifeline.

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Share Information: Utilize your social media platforms to share resourceshelpline numbers, and stories of hope. A simple share can reach someone in need and guide them towards help.
  • Listen and Offer Support: If someone in your life struggles, be an active listener. Please offer your support and encourage them to seek professional help. Sometimes, knowing that someone cares can make all the difference. Click here to learn how you can help someone thinking about suicide.
  • Self-Care: Don't forget to take care of yourself too. Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being. Make self-care a priority and seek help if you're facing challenges of your own.

Trainings for students, faculty, and staff: 

Resources for UT Students: 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Central Texas Chapter: 

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, there's hope. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. Our EAP counselors are also here to help. You can make an appointment by calling (512)471-3366 or emailing You can also reach our 24 hour telephone counseling line for immediate support at (512)471-3399.  

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