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National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

Updated: Nov 22, 2022

Communication is essential when going through difficult times while dealing with suicide struggles but remember that you don’t have to face things alone. If you feel that you are suffering from any thoughts of suicide don’t hesitate to call your national suicide hotline. When things seem overwhelming and you’re not sure what to do there is always a non-judgmental safe zone here at Therapeutic Counseling and Consulting; our therapists are here to help.

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death with 45,979 deaths reported in 2020 (CDC, 2020). Reach out for professional help if you or someone you know is showing any of the following warning signs from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention:

*Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

*Talking about being a burden to others

*Giving away prized possessions

*Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

*Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

*Sleeping too little or too much

*Withdrawing or feeling isolated

*Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

*Displaying extreme mood swings

*Exhibiting daring or risk-taking behaviors

*Showing lack of interest in future plans

If you know of someone that needs professional help don’t hesitate to refer them to professional services by calling their local counseling office, which can be located by logging onto, to schedule an appointment or for more emergent services consult the list below:

Crisis Center Information

If you need help, or know someone who does, the following resources are available:

  • Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, press Option 1

  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) The Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer-support service for trans and questioning individuals in crisis. All operators are trans-identified.

  • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25.

  • TrevorText: A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available Monday–Friday from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT by texting START to 678678.

  • Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line is a crisis-intervention hotline that conducts conversations exclusively by text message. Trained crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day.

  • CrisisNOW: CrisisNOW provides a roadmap to safe, effective crisis care. Their goal is to keep people out of emergency rooms or jails by providing targeted services for people in distress.

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

  • Mental Health - Warm Lines: Warm lines are confidential, peer-run listening lines staffed by people who have experienced mental health conditions themselves.

***If you’re not in the U.S., click here for a link to crisis centers around the world.***

Together let’s prevent suicide and help bring awareness to our communities.

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Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Therapy and Mental Health Services in Virginia

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