Discover NIMH: Suicide Prevention Month

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Discover NIMH is a newsletter from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to help community advocates and health professionals raise awareness about mental disorders and the importance of mental health research. Find free education and outreach materials in this newsletter and on our Education and Awareness portal to share with your community. We encourage you to use the hashtag #shareNIMH to connect with people and organizations with similar goals. 


September is Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is a major public health concern. More than 48,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2018. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide, how to get help, and how to talk about suicide in a supportive way can help save lives.

Use the resources below to help educate your community about suicide prevention. 

Learn more about suicide prevention:

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

Learn what to do if you think someone might be at risk for self-harm by reading these 5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain.
#shareNIMH #SPM20

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Warning Signs of Suicide

Suicide is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. Learn about behaviors that may be a sign that someone is thinking about suicide. For more information, visit #shareNIMH #SPM20

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Suicide in America: Frequently Asked Questions

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The effects of suicide go beyond the person who acts to take his or her life: it can have a lasting impact on family, friends, and communities.

This fact sheet can help you, a friend, or a family member learn about the signs and symptoms, risk factors and warning signs, and ongoing research about suicide and suicide prevention.

Suicide: How You Can Make a Difference

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Watch and share this video to raise awareness about the role everyone can play in suicide prevention. 

Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention. It’s important to know the facts and what to do if you think someone might be at risk for self-harm. Learn more at #shareNIMH

#BeThere Twitter Chat 2020

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Join the Action Alliance and its public and private sector partners, including NIMH, on September 1 for a #BeThere Twitter chat on Suicide Prevention!

The chat will discuss ways the public can play a role in suicide prevention through the simple act of being there for the people in their lives. Together, we can change the conversation about suicide to one of hope, help-seeking, and resiliency.

Be sure to follow @nimhgov and @Action_Alliance on Twitter and use #BeThere on September 1 at 2:00 PM ET to participate in this Twitter chat. 

Responding to the Alarm: Addressing Black Youth Suicide

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Experts on black youth suicide in America participated in a roundtable webinar hosted by the Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Office of Behavioral Health Equity at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The webinar featured the co-authors of Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America, a report from the Congressional Black Caucus’s Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health.

Watch the recording to learn more about the latest trends and prevalence of suicide and suicide-related behaviors among black children and youth and common risk and protective factors for this population.


Shareable Resources on Bipolar Disorder

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Let’s talk about bipolar disorder. Use these resources to help raise awareness. Share science. Share hope. #shareNIMH

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Free NIMH Brochures and Fact Sheets

NIMH offers printed materials on mental health topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. NIMH has recently restocked many publications, and we are once again able to process and distribute orders.

Order free brochures and fact sheets in English and Spanish on a variety of mental health topics. 

Join NIMH at the virtual USA Science and Engineering Festival

Join NIMH from September 16-23 at SciFest, the virtual 2020 Science & Engineering Festival. SciFest will feature over 100 exciting and innovative exhibits with interactive STEM activities! This virtual event is free to attend and is geared toward K-12 students, college students, educators, and families.


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