Suicide Prevention Awareness Month #BeThere

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and organizations across the country will join together to raise awareness about suicide prevention and help save lives. As we spread a message of hope, help, and healing, the TAPS family would like you to join us in our effort to educate others about suicide risks and protective factors. Together, we can work to inform and connect all those in need to the crisis and community resources they seek.

At TAPS, we understand that hope saves lives and that negative messaging may increase hopelessness in those who are suffering. To help us all enter National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with the best information on prevention and reporting, we have prepared safe messaging guidelines and a resource tool kit for your use.

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 important of all, we would love to see photos and learn more about the fabulous lives your loved ones lived.

Thank you for joining us this month as we find hope, help, and healing together.

Kim Ruocco
Vice President, Suicide Postvention and Prevention
Learn more about the TAPS Postvention Model and TAPS Postvention Experts



Social Media Guidance

Throughout the month of September use #BeThere and #HopeHelpHeal to:

  • Provide HOPE to surviving military families of suicide
  • HELP reduce stigma and change how we talk about mental health issues and suicide loss
  • Raise awareness for needed services that allow survivors to HEAL
  • HONOR those who served this country and died from wounds unseen
  • Show you will BE THERE to listen and support


Engage with us

Follow the campaign on the TAPS media platforms:


Search for the Hope Defeats Suicide Facebook Frame and add the frame to your Facebook profile photo:


You may also download and share our infographics on your own social media:


Suggested Tweets

  • There is hope, there is help, treatment works. Call @800273TALK #BeThere 
  • #HopeHelpHeal #BeThere: Change narratives around suicide and prevention to promote hope, support, recovery.
  • Know someone struggling? #BeThere Let them know they aren't alone and it's ok to talk about. Call @800273TALK

Suggested Facebook/Instagram Post

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. #BeThere to help change the narrative around suicide to a positive message promoting recovery.