Suicide is a national health problem, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP reports suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States; the second leading cause of death among college age adults.
The week of September 9 - 15 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The AFSP suggests three ways to become part of the national movement to prevent suicide.
If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK to speak to someone immediately through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or see the list of local resources below.
Raise awareness. Share this information with friends and family in person, and using your social media profiles. AFSP National Capital Area Chapter Board Chairman Steve Iselin says talking about suicide prevention is one of the most important first steps toward saving lives.
- Join the AFSP's Field Advocate Program.
- Register for an Out of the Darkness Walk in one of 275 communities across the country.
- Volunteer with your local AFSP chapter.
Crisis Link, www.crisislink.org, 1-800-SUICIDE or 703-527-4077
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Emergency, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb, 703-383-8500 (TTY: 703-207-7737)
See also: Suicide Prevention and Survivor Healing