This observance promotes greater awareness of the risks of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people around you, and encourages those at risk to connect with needed treatment services.
- Forty-six percent of people who die by suicide have had a diagnosed mental health condition, but research shows 90% may have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–14.
- You can prevent a suicide if you’re able to spot warning signs and arrange for safety and professional treatment.
- Individuals in crisis may withdraw from others and their usual activities, talk about dying, show stark personality changes or large emotional swings, and/or appear depressed.
- If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
As we enter the month of September, we're excited to shine a spotlight on something that's close to our hearts: Recovery Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about substance use disorder recovery, breaking stigmas, and fostering a culture of empathy and support.
What is Recovery Month? Recovery Month is a global initiative that emphasizes the importance of mental health and wellness. It's an opportunity for us to come together, share stories, and learn more about mental health, substance use disorders, and the recovery journey. Mental health is an essential part of our overall well-being. By promoting open conversations and understanding, we can create an environment where everyone feels comfortable seeking help when needed. Whether it's supporting a colleague, friend, or family member, our collective efforts can make a real difference.
How can you get involved? Throughout the month, we'll be sharing resources and information about available support. We encourage you to engage in conversations, attend events, and share your own experiences if you feel comfortable doing so.
Here are some important facts you should know:
- 105,452 people died of a drug overdose death in 2022.
- In 2021, 46.3 million people aged 12 or older (or 16.5 percent of the population) met the applicable DSM-5 criteria for having a substance use disorder in the past year.
- 7 in 10 (72.2 percent or 20.9 million) adults living with a substance use disorder considered themselves to be recovering or in recovery.
Let's make this Recovery Month impactful within our communities. Together, we can break down barriers, offer support, and celebrate the strength of those on the journey to recovery.
Remember, mental illness does not discriminate. Join us to help bring attention to the importance of sharing mental health stories and help improve the lives of millions of Americans living with mental illness.