This week is National Suicide Prevention Week: Join in on the conversation


National Suicide Prevention Week kicked off yesterday and goes until this Saturday, September 12.

Today, from 2-3 p.m. ET, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will have a Twitter chat with the Association for Behavior Health and Wellness. To follow along and participate in the conversation, use the hashtag #SOSChat.

The foundation will recognize Suicide Prevention Week this Thursday, on World Suicide Prevention Day, by asking people to wear their suicide prevention-related apparel, including Be the Voice apparel and Out of the Darkness apparel.

The week over 120,000 people will walk across the United States to raise awareness and funds, and National Suicide Prevention Week participants are also able to create digital quilts in honor of their loved ones.

Studies show that 93 percent of people would do something to help if someone close to them was thinking about suicide. Reach out to a friend if you think they need help.

If you or someone you love is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit

See the video below for more information about how Facebook is trying to help prevent suicide:

Facebook Revamps Suicide Prevention Feature
Facebook Revamps Suicide Prevention Feature

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