National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 4 through Sept. 10, 2022, is a time to increase awareness and encourage the prevention of suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life by intentional self-harm or self-inflicted injury. Non-fatal self-inflicted injuries are more common, and not all self-inflicted injuries are suicide attempts. Suicide affects all ages. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, the fourth leading cause among people ages 34-54, and the fifth leading cause among people ages 45-54.
Some groups have higher suicide rates than others. Americans with higher-than-average rates of suicide are veterans, people who live in rural areas, and workers in certain industries and occupations, like mining and construction. Young people who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual have a higher rate of suicidal ideation and behavior compared to their peers who identify as straight. In 2022; 19.86% of adults are experiencing a mental illness. Equivalent to nearly 50 million Americans. 4.91% are experiencing a severe mental illness.