Finding hope together: Uniting for Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Prevention Month reminds us of the importance of connection. It’s a time to come together, share stories, and break the stigma surrounding mental health. Every life matters, and every story has the potential to inspire hope and healing. By joining our specialized mental health programs at Balance Treatment Center, you’re not just participating in a program – you’re becoming part of a community committed to saving lives.

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Suicide Statistics

Suicide is the


leading cause of death in the US*

In 2021,


Americans died by suicide*

In 2021, there were an estimated


suicide attemps*

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Warning Signs of Suicide

In our commitment to suicide prevention and mental well-being, we recognize the crucial importance of understanding the warning signs that might indicate someone is in distress. By familiarizing ourselves with these signs, we empower ourselves to take action, offer support, and save lives.

Talking About

Talking about Suicide: If someone talks about wanting to die, feeling hopeless, or having no reason to live, take it seriously.

Talking about Being a Burden: Expressing feelings of being a burden to others or feeling that others would be better off without them can be a red flag.


Hopelessness: Feelings of helplessness, feeling trapped, or believing there's no way out can be warning signs.

Mood Swings: Noticeable shifts in mood, from depression to sudden calmness, can be concerning.

Isolation: A sudden withdrawal from social activities, friends, and family could be a sign of emotional distress.

Change in Behavior

Drastic Behavior Changes: Sudden and significant changes in behavior, routines, or appearance might indicate inner turmoil.

Risk-Taking Behavior: Engaging in reckless activities without concern for consequences might suggest a lack of regard for life.

Increased Substance Use: Escalating use of drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism can be a sign of distress.

Sleep Disturbances: Drastic changes in sleep patterns, such as insomnia or excessive sleep, might be indicative of emotional struggles.

Sudden Improvement: Sometimes, a sudden improvement in mood after a period of extreme depression might be a sign that a person has made the decision to end their life.

Suicide FAQs

What does it mean to have suicidal thoughts?

Having suicidal thoughts means feeling overwhelmed by emotional pain and distress to the point where you consider ending your own life as a way to escape the suffering.

I'm scared to talk about this. Will people judge me?

It’s completely understandable to feel scared about sharing these thoughts. However, reaching out for help is a brave step, and many people will respond with empathy and concern. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Is there hope for me to get better?

Absolutely. Many individuals who have struggled with suicidal thoughts have found help and healing. With the right support, treatment, and coping strategies, it’s possible to overcome these feelings and find a way to move forward.

Why am I feeling this way?

Many factors can contribute to feeling this way, such as mental health challenges, personal struggles, loss, isolation, and a sense of hopelessness. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in facing these feelings.

Small Actions, Big Impact: Take the Check-In Challenge during Suicide Prevention Month

Participating in the Check-In Challenge is easy and impactful. Here’s how you can get involved:

Commit: Make a pledge to connect with at least one person each week during Suicide Prevention Month.
Reach Out: Send a text, make a call, or have a virtual chat. Simply ask how they’re doing and actively listen.
Be Present: During your check-in, offer a non-judgmental space for them to express their feelings. Your presence matters.
Encourage: Let them know they’re not alone and that there’s support available if they ever need it.

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