September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
By Office of Communication
Posted on September 10, 2021, September 10, 2021

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

In preparation for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Positive Actions International.

All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, business leaders, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Positive Actions International (PAI), the leading agency for the mental health campaign in Arlington, is committed throughout the month of September to bring awareness and understanding of mental health issues in our community and highlight this year’s theme “Together for Mental Health,” which goes along with the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce slogan, “Together we succeed”.

“As we prepare for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, it is important that we ensure our community leaders, supervisors, managers, and city officials are prepared for the potential challenges that may face with the current Covid 19- Delta variant," said Esther Scott, licensed professional mental health provider and director for Positive Actions International.

Although it may not always be obvious, individuals experiencing an emotional crisis usually exhibit warning signs of suicide. Your ability to identify the signs could help save a life. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44. The truth is that everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. It is easy to be overwhelmed.

“We know that life can throw us curveballs - It may be the end of a relationship, being let go from a job, or the death of a loved one. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency,” Scott said.

Whether you are a business leader, a government office, religious institution, or any other community organization, you can take action and become better prepare to help your community. PAI will provide free training for organizations during the month of September on suicide prevention. Sign up for a free 45-minute Suicide Prevention workshop at or call 817-807-0058 for more information.

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