Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults and for every youth suicide it is estimated that 100 to 200 others attempt suicide. Young adulthood is a time when many people experience significant stress from life transitions such as gaining more independence and responsibility when moving from home and beginning college or a career. That stress has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, we’ve seen striking glimmers of resilience – the ability to bounce back from a negative experience or difficult challenge.
That’s why this September for #SuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth, we’re focusing on resiliency – a key skill to learn and develop when it comes to preventing suicide and coping with a pandemic. It allows you to face a problem or challenge, overcome it, and get back to life a little bit stronger and a little bit wiser. Take a look at the resources below to learn how you can develop your resiliency skills, protect the mental health of yourself and your peers, and prevent suicide for young adults across the nation.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
Downloadable Tip Sheets
Seize the Awkward
Build resilience by reaching out to the people who care about you and having honest conversations with them about mental health. Not sure how to do this? Follow Seize the Awkward on Instagram this month as we share new content about how to start these impactful conversations.
Dana Fuchs on Suicide Loss
Check out our new JED Voices videos featuring singer-songwriters Lauren Sanderson and James Quick, where they discuss their mental health journeys, how they’ve learned to cope during difficult times, and more.
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Spread awareness for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by sharing #JEDcares content on your own social media channels! We encourage you to use the social posts below as well as the social graphics we’ve created.
- September is #SuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth and all month long, @jedfoundation will be sharing tips to safeguard your mental health. For more resources, visit https://bit.ly/3mwfYns.
- We all have a role to play in preventing suicide. Follow @jedfoundation for more resources and tips to support your mental health and your friends’ mental health. For information on how to get involved and spread the word, visit https://bit.ly/3mwfYns.
- Together, we can save lives and break down barriers for those who need help. Follow @jedfoundation this #SuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth and visit their website for resources and tips on how to take care of your mental health https://bit.ly/3mwfYns.
Each and Every Day Documentary
Each and Every Day, from Executive Producer Sheila Nevins and Director Alexandra Shiva and created in partnership with MTV and JED, is a documentary exploration of youth mental health through the eyes of young people who have attempted suicide or have struggled with suicidal thoughts. Watch the trailer below. For more information and access to the film and playbook, click here.
Suicide Prevention Resources and Blogs
- How to Cope with Sadness and Depressive Feelings
- Signs Your Friend May Be Struggling Emotionally
- Preventing Suicide: Knowing the Warning Signs and How to Help
- Understanding Suicidal Thoughts
- Building Back Better: The Building Blocks of Resilience
- Resilience: Facing Life’s Challenges
- How to Deal with Grief and Loss
- The Day I Became the Other Person To Lose Their Father To Suicide
- Finding Meaning Again After Losing Isaiah: From Loss to Advocacy