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You can join with us to reduce deaths from suicide in Pierce County

During Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

You, too, can take steps to save lives.

Everyone deserves good emotional health. And recovery from a mental health concern or challenge can happen for everyone. It takes hope and supportive systems like schools, family, friends and community.

Suicide affects everyone

Every year in the U.S., more people die from suicide than from car accidents or homicides. 

Anyone can suffer from suicide, but some groups have higher rates of suicide attempts and ideation:

  • Military.
  • People with health or cognitive conditions.
  • LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Seniors.

What you can do

Can talking save lives? When you gently talk to someone who is thinking about suicide, research shows they can feel a sense of relief. That means talking about suicide may reduce—not increase—thoughts of suicide.

You can advocate in our communities, businesses and schools with resources like:

If you’re concerned about a loved one:

  • Ask “are you thinking about suicide?” This shows you want to help.
  • Be there physically or emotionally. Tell them you’ll be their support.
  • Keep them safe. Establish immediate safety. Determine their level of danger.
  • Help them connect:
    • Dial 988 anywhere in the U.S to talk with a professional.
    • Call 911 for emergency medical help.
  • Follow up to see how they’re doing. Call, text or visit them and find out how you can help.

Suicide is a public health issue

We work to prevent suicidal behavior. We:

  • Address protective and risk factors that harm mental health.
  • Commit to improve suicide prevention though collaboration and partnership.
  • Strengthen families and our communities. We help build resiliency skills, healing from trauma and increasing protective factors.
  • Increase mental well-being for all residents through:
    • Safe storage of lethal means programs.
    • Social emotional learning projects.
    • Encouraging people to seek help early for substance misuse and/or mental health challenges.

We can work together to protect health, healing and hope in Pierce CountyStay up to date on our latest information about behavioral health and other public health topics when you sign up for the Your Reliable Source blog.