To continue to raise awareness and share messages of hope and help during National Suicide Prevention Month, SAMHSA has new resources and upcoming events to share.
Suicide Prevention Month Toolkit
This year’s Suicide Prevention Month social media toolkit themes offer messages of hope and help and includes suicide warning signs for adults and youth plus hashtags and pre-made social media content and images to raise awareness on social media platforms during Suicide Prevention Day, Week, and Month.
Webinar: Sustaining Recovery Freedom
September 11, 2 p.m. ET
Participants will share their expertise and provide the latest information on the advancement of equity in mental health and substance use services. This event will specifically highlight the recovery journey of active-duty service members, veterans, and their families, in addition to identifying resources available to assist and support one on their recovery journey.
Webinar: Beyond the Reasons Why: Suicide Prevention Strategies Saving Young Black Lives
September 13, 2 – 3 p.m. ET
Join SAMHSA and colleagues for a discussion on issues related to the intersection of mental health and substance use impacts on the lives of young black males and identify resources available to assist and support people seeking recovery or on their pathway to recovery.
Facebook Live: Youth Suicide Prevention
September 19, 2 – 2:30 p.m. ET
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Facebook Live event for Suicide Prevention Month. The event will focus on strategies for preventing suicide among youth.
Webinar: Suicide Prevention and the Aging Population
September 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Loss of social contact, loss of loved ones, body betrayal, and increased isolation are common experiences for the elderly and can result in depression and suicidal ideation. This session supports social service providers in contemplating the risk factors and support options for caring for an elder who may be experiencing suicidality. From assessing threats, to addressing means, and engaging the elder in a safety plan, this course will offer both considerations and strategies to increase hope in this population and keep them safe.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Back-to-School Resources
The SPRC has suicide prevention resources for students and teachers.
Visit SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Month Observance webpage throughout September for additional resources and an up-to-date calendar of events.