September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness month; this is a great time to become aware of this public health crisis and to help reduce the stigma in discussing this “taboo” topic.

Per the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation; it is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, and the 4th for people aged 35-44. In 2019, 47,511 people in the United States died by suicide. In Connecticut, we lost over 400 individuals to suicide in that year; per the AFSP, one person died by suicide every 21 hours in our state.

With this issue being so prevalent, it begs the question of why isn’t it discussed more? How do we start the conversation? How do we help?