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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS), suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Arizona, higher than the U.S. average; nationally, suicide ranks 10th.

In a time of crisis, know what to do, and where to get help – for a family member, friend or neighbor, coworker, even for yourself.

Save these contacts in your phone and share them to build awareness:

In an emergency, call 911. For mental health resources, including information on preventing suicide, visit Mobilize AZ.

You can also connect with Teen Lifeline teenlifeline.org (call or text 602-248-8336), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline suicidepreventionlifeline.org (1-800-273-TALK [8255] / En Español 1-888-628-9454), or text the word TALK to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Get the “411” on 988.

Last summer, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules to establish a national suicide prevention hotline. Starting July 16, 2022, 988 will become the new, nationwide three-digit number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health counselors. The number will connect callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of approximately 170 crisis centers.

Until next July, continue to use the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español 1-888-628-9454), visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org, or refer to the other mental health resources above.

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This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.