Suicide Prevention Awareness #BeThere

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Organizations across the country will focus their efforts to raise awareness about suicide and prevention.  The TAPS family would like you to join us to provide education on both risk and protective factors and offer connections to crisis and community resources as we spread a message of hope, help, and healing.

At TAPS, we understand that hope saves lives and that negative messaging may increase hopelessness in those who are suffering. We prepared safe messaging guidelines and a resource tool kit to help all of us enter National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with the best information on prevention and reporting. During September, we would like to hear your stories of healing and finding hope after loss. Share with others what you have learned about suicide prevention since your loss. Most importantly, we would love to see pictures of your loved one and hear about the fabulous life he or she lived.  

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Please join us this month as we find hope, help, and healing together.  

Kim Ruocco
Vice President, Suicide Postvention and Prevention

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Hope Defeats Suicide

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Words Matter

How we talk about suicide can influence risk. It matters if we:

  • Talk about suicide as a health issue and not a criminal or moral issue (e.g., use “died by suicide” instead of “committed”)
  • Avoid graphic details that could influence copycats or cause pain to families
  • Avoid inaccurate, outdated statistics that could give the impression that nothing has changed and that nothing will help
  • Use plain words for researched data (e.g., “higher/lower” instead of sensational terms like “epidemic”)
  • Mention appropriate resources (e.g., National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

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Honor the Life

With less than one half of 1 percent of our population in the military, we appreciate the uniqueness of those who answer the call to serve.

Defended by an all-volunteer force, we recognize the selfless sacrifice made each day by those in uniform.

In an era of persistent conflict, we acknowledge that those who train and deploy routinely risk their own today for our tomorrows.

This is life of service defines a hero.

We honor that service. We remember their oath. We celebrate they lived.

No matter how long they served. No matter how they died.

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Mental Health

Mental health issues are a common part of the human experience.

They are not something to hide or be ashamed of; they are something to be treated.

There is hope. There is help. Treatment works. 1-800-273-TALK (8255)