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National Suicide Awareness Month

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National Suicide Awareness Month

September Is National Suicide Awareness Month Sponsored by the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) - All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Campbell County Health wants to join in on the fight to end the stigma and bring awareness by sharing resources and information for patients and community members.

The Statistics

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States, it is the second leading cause of death among young people age 10-34 years old.

  • Between 1999 - 2016 the rates of suicide has increased to 30 %

  • Among younger children, suicide attempts are often impulsive. They may be associated with feelings of sadness, confusion, and anger. Among teenagers, suicide attempts may be associated with feelings of stress, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty, disappointment, and loss. For some teens, suicide may appear to be a solution to their problems.


Risk Factors

  • Family history of suicide attempts

  • Exposure to violence

  • Impulsivity

  • Aggressive or disruptive behavior

  • Access to firearms

  • Bullying

  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness

  • Acute loss or rejection


Warning Signs

  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits

  • Frequent or pervasive sadness

  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities

  • Frequent complaints about physical symptoms often related to emotions, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.

  • Decline in the quality of schoolwork

  • Preoccupation with death and dying


Getting Involved

We can all help prevent suicide. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.


Learn more about local resources at Campbell County Health: Behavioral Health Services | Counseling Gillette Wyoming (

This blog was constructed by Gilbert Smith, DO at Campbell County Health Behavioral Health Services. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith, call 307.688.5000.


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