National Suicide Prevention Week begins with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) recognizes the entire month of September as National Suicide Prevention Month: a moment in time in which we rally the public to create awareness of this leading cause of death, and inspire more and more people to learn how they can play a role in their communities in helping to save lives.

This year, AFSP is highlighting the new Talk Away the Dark campaign to shed light on this leading cause of death including the campaign’s PSA film, personal stories and perspectives, shareable social graphics and other materials. We can all make a difference by learning the warning signs, knowing the risk factors, and bravely having a REAL open and honest conversation with someone we care about.

For the month of September, we are encouraging a series of specific actions that offers the public just a few examples of how we can all get involved and make a potentially lifesaving impact within our local communities. See below to read, watch, and learn more about the Talk Away the Dark campaign, and how you can help spread the word and get involved.

Suicide prevention is important every day of the year. National Suicide Prevention Month gives us an opportunity to shine a special, encouraging light on this topic that affects us all, and send a clear, hopeful message that help is available, and suicide can be prevented.