Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time for people, organizations, and communities to join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and healing is possible.
Everyone has a role to play to save lives and create healthy and strong individuals, families, and communities. We can come together to reduce factors that increase the risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior, and increase the factors that help strengthen, support, and protect people from suicide.
Download the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Toolkit (PDF).
Download the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Toolkit (Word).
A messaging toolkit has been created with filled with ideas, messages, resources, and social media posts that can shared with your networks.
This toolkit has been designed for, but is not limited to, people, service organizations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, local public health departments, faith-based organizations, and schools. We encourage you to edit the content to best suit your community.
How to use the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Toolkit
This year’s toolkit includes ideas and resources on what you can do throughout the month, and information that can be used to create social media posts, email, or newsletter content. You can also add images and graphics to enhance the visibility of your content. There are four themes:
- Week 1- You Matter. Changing the Narrative on Mental Health and Suicide.
- Week 2- You Matter. Today and Every Day
- Week 3- You Matter. Supporting Others.
- Week 4- You Matter. Talk with Us.
We want to hear from you
We will reach out in October to gather information and feedback about your outreach and impact using this toolkit. We ask you to keep track of the following: what content you used from the toolkit, where you shared the content, who you shared the content with, how you share the material and what platforms you used.
Your feedback will be instrumental in the development in future toolkits.
If you would like to submit immediately, please feel free to send your feedback by filling out the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Toolkit Survey.
Reach out to us at Health.suicideprev.MDH@state.mn.us.