September marks the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Month, with Sept. 4-10 designated as National Suicide Prevention Week. This week recognizes suicide as a national public health crisis as more than 45,000 people died by suicide in the United States throughout the last two years.
In 2020, suicide was the ninth leading cause of death in Oklahoma with a total of 869 suicide deaths in our state. Sept. 10 is also recognized as World Suicide Prevention Day.
Oklahoma’s newest mental health resource, the 988 Mental Health Lifeline is available 24/7 via call or text providing care during crises.