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September is Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month

This month, we share support and resources for suicide prevention and addiction recovery.


Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States; over 50,000 individuals lost their lives to suicide last year. Suicide rates across all populations have held consistently high since 2016, peaking in 2018.  Each year we find it important to provide ongoing resources and education to help both those struggling with suicidal ideation and their friends and family. Suicide can feel uncomfortable to discuss, many often worry that just bringing up the topic can increase the chances of it happening, a worry that thankfully has not been reflected in studies.  The best prevention involves building a personal and professional support system, and we seek to continue to encourage and be part of community efforts to helping those struggling with suicidal thoughts through social, economic, and structural support. 

Below is a list of national and local organizations that contain helpful information and resources. Links provide education, tips on how best to support someone who could be at risk, as well as information on what to do in a crisis, as well as lists of long-term mental health resources:

 In addition, we wanted to add resources for people coping with the loss of someone they love to a deadly suicide attempt.   Grief and recovery can be messy and painful, and many take comfort and strength in reaching out to others, professional and peer alike, for support and understanding.  Listed below are some recommended resources:



Addiction, despite local and national efforts to expand treatment access, continues to be an ongoing and escalating national crisis.   Mental health problems, isolation, boredom, and more all contribute to increased substance use as an escape, as highlighted here. Recovery, for those that seek it, is a challenging process and a lifetime of vigilance for those who are successful in quitting drugs and alcohol.  However, there is hope. It has never been easier to access support due in part to increased availability of remote professional and peer support, and long term recovery chances improve with consistent treatment. As usual, we wanted to highlight a list of major peer and professional support services that offer both in-person and remote help, as well as other community and educational resources.   

As always, please reach out to us at the City of Boston Employee Assistance Program for immediate support and assistance, and be sure to check our resource list. Have a safe and warm September. 

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