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Older Black man comforting sad, older white manSeptember is National Suicide Prevention Month – and there is no better time to begin or renew our commitment to taking care of ourselves and each other. Too many people have been affected by the tragedy of suicide, either directly or indirectly, and we in the Suicide Prevention Program would like to take a moment to recognize those who have been touched by suicide.

To those who have experienced suicidal thoughts and mental health struggles from trauma, oppression, or any other reason, you are not alone. To those who have survived an attempt, you are not alone, and we are so glad you’re still here. To those who have lost a loved one to suicide, we are so sorry and you are not alone. To those who reach out to community members who are struggling and offer support and resources, thank you.

Imagine a world in which everyone felt loved, cared for, and celebrated in their community. Imagine a world in which everyone felt they could talk about how they were feeling and ask for the help they need. Imagine a world in which mental health support was holistic, personalized, and from a place of cultural humility. Imagine if that world was a reality.

If you’re worried about someone, reach out to them and offer support. Never underestimate the positive impact you can have. If you have questions about how to do that, check out some tips here. Find information about suicide prevention, local and state resources, and more about the DPH Suicide Prevention Program here.

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If you are thinking about suicide, or worried about someone who might be, call 1-877-870-HOPE (4673), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are outside of Massachusetts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.

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