Every 16 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies by suicide. Every 17 minutes, someone is left to make sense of it. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).
National Suicide Prevention Week — Sept. 8-14 — is an annual week-long campaign in the United States to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide. By drawing attention to the problem of suicide in the United States, the campaign also strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic, as well as encourage the pursuit of mental health assistance and support people who have attempted suicide.
As part of the campaign, health organizations conduct depression screenings —including self-administrated and online tests— and refer interested individuals to a national toll-free telephone number. Since 1975, NSPW awareness events are held throughout the week that correspond to World Suicide Prevention Day, which is recognized annually on the 10th of September.
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