September is National Suicide Prevention Month, an opportunity for individuals, communities, and organizations to come together to raise awareness about this critical issue and offer support to those in need. Though suicide is a serious public health crisis, deepened by the loss and isolation in the fall out of the pandemic, it is important to know that it is preventable, and there are resources available to help.
The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides free, confidential help and is available 24/7. They provide service both over the phone and via text, and can be reached at 988. Their website also provides resources to encourage good mental health and safety geared towards specific groups or needs, including the LGBTQIA+ community, the Black community, disaster survivors, and the youth. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center hosts a wealth of information to help those who may be considering suicide, including access to online trainings. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a thorough guide on navigating a mental crisis.
Here in NYC, those in crisis can seek care in one of the crisis respite centers run by NYC Well, where they can access 24-hour support, training, and care in a safe, temporary residential space. NYC Health + Hospitals, the City’s vast municipal hospital system, has several locations offering specialized mental health care in several hospitals throughout the boroughs, including Bellevue, Elmhurst, Woodhull, Jacobi, and Kings County. We here at the MEA care about your wellbeing and want to remind you that you are never alone. There are many people and organizations trained to help you through tough times. Remember to always treat yourself with care and kindness