• Dr. Herpy

Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, with National Suicide Prevention Week from September 10 to 16 and National Suicide Prevention Day having been on September 10.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United Utates, but the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24. Each day there are approximately over 3,470 suicide attempts by high school kids, and 1 out of 6 have seriously contemplated it in the last year.

Not to mention that LGB youth are:

  • 3x more likely to seriously contemplate suicide
  • 5x more likely to attempt suicide
  • 5x more likely to require general medical attention after an attempt
  • 4-6x more likely to require treatment from a doctor or nurse.

If you noticed the T missing from the acronym, that’s because 40% of transgender people nationally report having made a suicide attempt, with 92% having made the attempt before age 25.

To make these already depressing statistics worse, suicide rates are on the rise, especially for youths. You or someone you know has either contemplated, attempted, or committed suicide.

If you have been contemplating suicide for any reason, PLEASE use one or more of the resources below:

International Teen Hotline : (877) 968-8454
Spanish Speaking Hotline : (800) 784-2432
Akron : (330) 434-9144 or (330) 762-6110
Cleveland : (216) 721-1115 or (216) 251-7722 or (216) 623-6888

Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 1(800) 273-8255 or online chat

The Jason Foundation

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention : Find Support 

Brefrienders Worldwide : Need to Talk?

(LGBT) The Trevor ProjectGet Help Now

Thursday’s Child Hotlines

You Matter Suicide Prevention Lifeline : Find Help For

Christian Suicide Prevention : 1-888-667-5947 or contact@christiansuicideprevention.com

4 out of 5 teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs, so you can make sure to know the signs by visiting these links:

Risk of Suicide 

Risk Factors and Warning Signs

Signs and Concerns

Suicide Warning Signs


How Students Can Help

How to Help