Thursday, September 8, 2016


September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the National Council is joining with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to raise awareness about and expand its #BeThe1To campaign. Every year, suicide claims the lives of 40,000 people and another 500,000 people attempt it. #BeThe1To emphasizes that everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention, encouraging everyone to “Be The 1 To” take action to save lives. One action – asking directly about suicidal thoughts, listening compassionately, connecting someone to a support system – can make a difference to help someone who may be thinking of suicide.

We invite you to share a personal story of action - one about helping someone else, or of being impacted by someone taking the time to help you. To view examples visit the Lifeline’s Stories of Action page here.Together we can promote actions that encourage healing, provide help and give hope.

Email your submissions to

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.