Closing out Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Resources to Promote and Utilize Year-Round
September 28, 2020

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September) serves as an opportunity to highlight resources for suicide prevention and share the stories of those affected by suicide. As such, in observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, this post is dedicated to sharing:

  • The story of the South Carolina maternal and child health (MCH) program’s effort to support their NAMI state chapter’s Ending the Silence Campaign
  • Resources that MCH Programs can help promote and disseminate in their efforts to reach adolescents & young adults (AYAs) directly
  • Professional development opportunities as well as tools for implementing suicide prevention strategies for the AYA population

The South Carolina MCH Story:

As participants in the Adolescent & Young Adult National Resource Center’s AYA Behavioral Health learning collaborative, the South Carolina team has strategically focused their resources on building partnerships with organizations around the state that are already addressing AYA emotional well-being, including the state’s local NAMI chapter. They are supporting SC NAMI in implementing their “Ending the Silence” campaign in high schools across the state. This campaign educates students, school staff, and the larger community on the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions and offers clear steps to take if an individual or loved one is in need of support. With the pandemic forcing students to spend less time physically inside their schools, the SC team has been proactive in promoting the NotOK app as a tool for youth that are experiencing mental health issues such as depression and axiety but can’t reach their typical resources in person. The app is designed and maintained by two young adults and their trusted furry companion (check out their “about us” page!).

Check out NAMI’s local chapter search page to identify the one closest to you and reach out to learn how your MCH program might be able to help spread their messaging, particularly during the pandemic.

Resources to Share & Amplify Year-Round:
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (English) 888-628-9454 (Spanish)
  • The Trevor Project: TrevorLifeline (1-866-488-7386), TrevorChat, and TrevorText (Text START to 678-678)
  • We R Native: a resource developed by Native youth for Native youth for achieving balance physically, spiritually, and mentally
  • NotOK app: developed for youth by youth, this app provides young people with a way to connect with a trusted adult during times when emotional support is needed
Professional Development & Implementation Resources to Explore:
General Suicide Prevention Resources
Resources for Preventing Suicide among LGBTQ+ Youth
Resources for Preventing Suicide among Black Youth
Resources for Preventing Suicide among Native American Youth
Resources for Preventing Suicide among Latinx Youth
Resources for Preventing Suicide among Asian American Youth:
This graphic was accessed via NAMI’s Awareness Resources page. NAMI has a library of graphics, free of charge, that your organization can use across social media sites to help raise awareness. Remember-these graphics and messages can and should be promoted year-round!