September is more than just a transition from summer to fall. This month serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health and the efforts to prevent suicide. Through education and open dialogue this month, we aim to break down stigmas surrounding mental health.
Nevada is no longer in the top 10 states for suicides, and now ranks 12th in the nation, according to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). The Silver State ranked 7th in 2019, with 642 deaths with an age-adjusted rate of 19.8 suicides per 100,000 population. Those numbers dropped in 2020 to 603 deaths, a rate of 19.2.
A survey by The Harris Poll in 2020 reported that most Americans said they understood that suicide is preventable, and that they would help someone they know who is at risk. The first step is reaching out. Looking out for each other and checking in, lowers suicide risk because it helps with connections between people.
By starting the conversation, we can help prevent suicides and save lives. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. You are not alone.