National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – September 2018


September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and, although advocates are working throughout the year to increase effective suicide prevention, September is a special time to spread the word and increase awareness even more. Throughout the month, the Mary A. Rackham Institute will share information from other organizations, like the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and many others to help bring awareness. 

World Suicide Prevention Day is Monday, September 10, 2018. On Monday, the International Association for Suicide Prevention is asking that everyone Take 5 to Save Lives. Take 5 minutes to get involved and:

  • Learn the Signs
  • Do Your Part
  • Practice Self-Care
  • Reach Out
  • Spread the Word

If we focus on the facts – suicide is preventable and mental illness is treatable – we can all make a difference in our communities.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting warning signs of suicide, help is available. These resources offer compassionate, confidential support and information.

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support by phone or by online chat. They are available 24/7. Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit
  • The Crisis Text Line provides 24/7, free and confidential support by text. Text HOME to 741741.
  • The University Psychological Clinic at MARI can provide non-emergency mental health counseling and psychiatric intervention. Call (734) 764-3471 for information about individual and group therapy options.