September Suicide Prevention Week

September certainly has been a month of Moon Festival Celebrations for Go Folic!  But on a more serious note, September is also a month that brings special awareness to a serious issue affecting many women.  According to the SAVE organization, suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans a year.  And for every male attempt there are three women who attempt suicide.  World Suicide Prevention Day was observed on September 10th as a way to bring international awareness to this important issue, and we at Go Folic! want to continue spreading the word long after the month ends.

The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.  Many people struggle with depression and every person’s experience is different.  The causes are very complicated, but some experts  see a link between depression and folic acid.  Check out this video for more:

For anyone who is feeling depressed or thinking about suicide, the most important first step is to talk to someone.  There is hope for everyone, and there are resources everywhere.  Below is a short list of organizations compiled by TWLOHA that are here to help anyone who needs to talk or is worried about a friend:

National Hopeline Network (U.S.A.) – – 1-800-SUICIDE

S.A.F.E. Alternatives – – Self Abuse Finally Ends

Childhelp – – 1-800-4-A-CHILD – National Child Abuse Hotline

National Domestic Violence Helpline – – 1-800-799-SAFE

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – – 1-800-656-HOPE National Sexual Assault Hotline

National Eating Disorders Association – – 1-800-931-2237

The Trevor Helpline is the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. All calls are confidential and toll-free from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

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