Throughout September, mental health advocates, prevention organizations and concerned citizens are urged to make efforts to prevent suicide during Suicide Awareness Month.

This is an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health, to end stigma associated with needing and accessing help and to advocate and promote programs, services and strategies that reduce suicide in New Jersey and around the world.

According to the World Health Organization, a person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Every death is a tragedy that is felt by family, friends and entire communities. Every death is preventable.

In recognition of the current youth mental health crisis, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families is sharing two public service announcements this month. School districts throughout New Jersey are urged to share the videos on social media and/or on their websites.

Children’s System of Care Public Service Announcement (intended for parents):

Youth Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement (intended for youth):

Those thinking about suicide can get help through a variety of helplines and resources listed on the New Jersey Department of Health’s website.