FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Published September 27, 2023
September Is Suicide Awareness Month in Miami Lakes
Miami Lakes, F.L. – At the September 12 Regular Council Meeting, the Town of Miami Lakes officially declared September as Suicide Awareness Month, reaffirming its commitment to raising awareness about this critical health issue and encouraging community members to foster a health mental health environment.
Suicide is a significant public health concern, the second-leading cause of death among youth and young adults between 10 and 24 years of age. Miami Lakes is taking a proactive stance by designating September as Suicide Awareness Month to promote education, prevention, and support for those affected by suicide. Hear some facts about suicide here:
- Over 48,000 people died by suicide, or about 1 every 11 minutes, in 2021.
- Many adults think about suicide: 12.3 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.5 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.7 million attempted suicide in 2021.
- Suicide affects people of all ages: In 2021, suicide was among the top 9 leading causes of death for people ages 10-64. Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 20-34.
More resources can be found by visiting the Town's very own Mental Health Task Force for resources and information related to mental wellbeing.
If you or a loved one are in crisis or need someone to talk to, please call 988, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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