Discover NIMH: National Suicide Prevention Month

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Community Outreach

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 our Get Involved web section to share with your community. We encourage you to use the hashtag #shareNIMH to connect with people and organizations with similar goals. 


September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is a major public health concern and a leading cause of death in the United States.

Join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in raising awareness by sharing the resources below. You can help others recognize the warning signs for suicide and know how to get help.

Facebook Live: Youth Suicide Prevention 

Date/Time: September 19, 2023, 2:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Location: NIMH Facebook page

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Please join NIMH experts Drs. Lisa M. Horowitz and Stephen O’Connor for a Facebook Live discussion on talking to youth about suicide risk, how to identify the warning signs of suicide, risk factors for suicide, and NIMH-supported research on interventions for youth suicide prevention. 

Digital Toolkit for Suicide Prevention Month

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During National Suicide Prevention Month, use these NIMH resources to join the conversation about suicide prevention. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Suicide 

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Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and a major public health concern. Learn more about the warning signs of suicide, ways to help prevent suicide, and effective treatment options. #shareNIMH

Order free print copies of this brochure. 

En español: Preguntas frecuentes sobre el suicidio

Warning Signs of Suicide

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This infographic presents behaviors and feelings that may be warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

En español: Señales de advertencia sobre el suicidio

Save the Number Save a Life

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support in both English and Spanish to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call or text 988 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Support is also available via live chat.

Save the number save a life. Call or text 988.


The Evolution of Mental Health Research

Date/Time: September 13, 2023, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Virtual and in-person on the National Institutes of Health campus

Starting in September 2023, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will celebrate 75 years of transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. You're invited to join us as the celebration launches with “The Evolution of Mental Health Research” symposium, which highlights key advances in mental health research over the past 75 years.

Celebrating 75 years. Research. Discovery. Hope.


Now available in Spanish: Clinical Research Trials and You: Questions and Answers

Los estudios de investigación clínica y usted: Preguntas y respuestas

This fact sheet discusses what a clinical trial is, who should volunteer, why people might take part in a clinical trial, potential risks and benefits of participation, safety and ethical guidelines, and what people might experience during a clinical trial.

Esta hoja de datos contesta algunas preguntas frecuentes sobre los estudios clínicos, incluyendo qué es un estudio clínico, quiénes participan en ellos, cuáles son los beneficios y los riesgos, qué es un consentimiento informado, qué preguntas debe hacer antes de participar, y dónde se puede encontrar un estudio clínico sobre la salud mental.


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