Suicide is a major public health concern affecting people of all ages, genders, races and ethnicities. More than 48,000 people died by suicide in the U.S. in 2018.
Most often, suicidal thoughts are the result of feeling you can’t cope or recover when faced with what seems to be an overwhelming situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has added intense emotional and mental stress.
Suicide is complicated and tragic, but preventable. By knowing the warning signs, how to get help and how to talk about suicide in a supportive way we can save lives. Help and hope is a phone call away.
– Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health