September was first declared as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in 2008. Since then, September has been a time to acknowledge those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. In 2022 49,449 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss. 39,255 were male and 10,194 were female. 79% of all people who die by suicide are male. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are 4x more likely to die by suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14, the 3rd leading cause of death among those aged 15-24 and the 12th leading cause of death overall in the U.S. 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition — but research suggests that 90% may have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.
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