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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September was first declared as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in 2008. Since then, September has been a time to acknowledge those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. According to the CDC, each year more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24 and these rates are increasing.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, educators and school staff, and policy makers. 

NCTSN Resource

Child Maltreatment in Military Families: A Fact Sheet for Providers

Type: Fact Sheet

Details child maltreatment in military families. This fact sheet provides a look at child maltreatment in the military and offers providers the key concepts, findings, and interventions that will support them in their approach to the care of today's military family.

NCTSN Resource

Preventing Youth Suicide in Montana’s Indian Country

Type: Fact Sheet

Outlines Fort Peck's experience with youth suicide in a small town on a reservation in northeastern Montana. This Spotlight on Culture describes youth at risk, becoming authentic partners with the community, and how to listen for resilience when working in Indian Country.

NCTSN Resource

Brief Information on Childhood Traumatic Grief

Type: Fact Sheet

Offers information on childhood traumatic grief. This fact sheet provides descriptions of childhood traumatic grief, normal or typical grief, and what to do for childhood traumatic grief.