September Awareness Events
National Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Month are both Awareness Events held during the month of September. National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15th. Join us as we recognize these awareness events during the month of September.
- Suicide Prevention Awareness Month:
September is dedicated to raising awareness about Suicide Prevention. Suicide is a problem that touches the lives of many Americans. Over the past twenty years, suicide rates have steadily risen in the United States. In 2020, the U.S. had one death by suicide every 11 minutes. Suicide currently ranks as the 10th leading cause of death among all ages.
Talking about suicide can be difficult. The need to minimize stigma and increase access to treatment for those having suicidal thoughts remains great. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, implemented over a year ago, is making it easier for people to access mental health crisis services. Mental health professionals also play an important role in offering hope and ensuring that individuals have access to the help they need. Below are some useful resources for gaining more information about 988, crisis care services, and best practices in the field.
- National Recovery Month:
National Recovery Month, held every September, has promoted and supported recovery practices and the vibrant recovery community since 1989. In an effort to increase public awareness around mental health and addiction recovery, throughout September SAMHSA will host several events, announce recovery-focused initiatives and grant funding, and celebrate individuals in recovery. Click here to learn more about SAMHSA's activities this month.
Join us for "Peer Support for Dual Recovery in Treatment Settings" on Thursday, September 29 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM (ET) Click here to learn more or register!
- National Hispanic Heritage Month:
National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed annually from September 15 to October 15, celebrates the diverse history, heritage, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. What began as a one-week commemoration in the late 1960s was expanded to 30 days and formally recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988. Join us as we recognize the immeasurable contributions of the Hispanic and Latino community during this month. For more information about mental health awareness and promotion resources for Hispanic and Latino populations, please visit SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Equity Program.