If you know someone in crisis…

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. During the month of September, the Record-Herald will publish information each Saturday about suicide warning signs, risk factors, prevention therapy and treatment.

Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2014, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 10–24.

Suicide prevention resources and help

Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is available to everyone. All calls are confidential. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Veterans can contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.

For local immediate help, Fayette County residents should call 911 or go to the emergency department at Fayette County Memorial Hospital.

Fayette County and surrounding residents can call the Paint Valley ADAMH Board Ohio Suicide Prevention Hotline for the area at 740-335-7155 or NAMI Southern Ohio (National Alliance of Mental Illness) at 740-701-7297.

Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People can also message or chat with Lifeline online by visiting NSPL’s website https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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National Institute of Mental Health

See the health news section on Page 13 for more information about suicide from the National Institute of Mental Health.