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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

STwo guys talking, sitting on the edge of a lakeeptember is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources, connecting with others, and work towards reducing stigma about suicide and mental illness.

Hutchinson Health and Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Community Health Services are a part of a local effort committed to change hearts and minds about the misconceptions about mental illnesses by encouraging open conversations and education on the topic. It’s time to spread the word, stop the silence and Make It OK.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.

Informational Resources

Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide

Crisis Resources

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.

If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Awareness Resources

Help promote awareness by sharing images and graphics on your website and social media accounts. Use #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree or #MakeItOK

While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.

Source: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Local Resources

If you or a loved one is considering suicide, know that 24/7 confidential help is always here.

  • McLeod County Mental Health Crisis Response Services is now available 24/7 at 320-864-2713 or 1 (888) 302-2898
    Mobile and telephone crisis response services are provided by a mental health clinician specializing in Crisis Response. This service is available to adults, children, and families with a goal to provide immediate access to avoid police or E.R. involvement.
  • Hutchinson Health 24 hour Help Line: 320-484-4585
  • Woodland Centers Crisis Line: 1 800-432-8781
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 800-273-8255
    (En Español: 1 (888) 628-9454)
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Crisis and Suicide Hotline): 1 (866) 488-7386
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1 800-273-8255
  • Teen Crisis Line: (310) 855-4673
  • HopeLine Text Service: Text “MN” or “HopeLine” to 741741

Local events

QPR Gatekeeper Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. It is the most widely taught gatekeeper training in the United States that teaches best practices in suicide prevention. QPR is included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

QPR gatekeeper training is intended for community members 18 years & older and professionals including healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement, educators, clergy, bankers, lawyers, and more! Certificate of attendance awarded for professional continuing education.

  • Thursday, September 26th
  • 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Bethel Lutheran Church ELCA (77 Lincoln Ave E, Lester Prairie, MN)
  • Register by contacting the church at 320-395-2125.


  • Tuesday, September 24th
  • 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Glencoe Regional Health Services (Conference Room A, 1805 Hennepin Ave N., Glencoe, MN)
  • Register by calling 320-864-7146 or (888) 526-4242, ext. 7146