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September 2019
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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention Resources

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.

It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. Mid Coast Hospital partners with many organizations to raise awareness of, and resources for, mental health and suicide, including:

According to the 2017 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, 30% of Sagadahoc County high school students reported signs of depression, and 18% reported seriously considering suicide in the past month. Both figures are higher than state of Maine averages.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among Maine people ages 15-34 and the fourth leading cause of death among those 35-54  according to the Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are in crisis, or if you are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If you're uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

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