Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority wants you to know that it is okay to talk about suicide, it is important. According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-34. The overall suicide rate has increased by 35% since 1999. Those at a higher risk include males, lesbian, gay, bisexual youth, and transgender people. Men are 78% more likely to die by suicide. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth, where transgender people are 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. If you or someone you know is concerned about suicide and are not sure what to do, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information please visit NAMI’s website.

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