Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or social status. In the U.S., approximately 44,000 people take their own lives every year.

Fortunately, people are becoming more and more open to talking about suicide. And this is an excellent step toward eliminating the stigma around suicide and getting messages of hope and help to people who are suffering.

At Brattleboro Memorial Hospital we know that mental health and physical health are intimately connected. That’s why we are proud to support National Suicide Prevention Month.

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 988 (this is the new three-digit emergency number that immediately connects callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).

Did You Know?

  • Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way.
  • Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.