September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Albany Unified School District acknowledges September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and stands committed to reducing the stigma around the pervasive issue of suicide. 

Rates of suicide have increased in recent decades, and suicide is among the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Starting with the 2019-20 school year, California law requires the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to be printed on ID cards for students in seventh through 12th grade in public, private and charter schools. This lifesaving information is provided to increase access to suicide prevention information and crisis support. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is free and confidential, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English and access to interpreters in over 150 languages, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish, and 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) for TTY. 

The California Department of Education compiles further resources on its Youth Suicide Prevention webpage.
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