Sharing Hearts and Minds to Prevent Suicide
Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Mental Health introduces the “No Shame” Suicide Prevention campaign, addressing the stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness. The campaign speaks not about judgment but rather of hope. The campaign also features the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number, 988. If you or someone else is in crisis, you can immediately call, chat or text a mental health professional by contacting 988. Since July 16, 2022, more than 37,700 Alabamians have contacted 988.
In 2021, 821 individuals died by suicide in Alabama, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. More than 15 percent were children or adolescents under the ages 10-19. An individual may experience suicidal thoughts or feelings due to many factors. These may cause someone to feel hopeless and/or believe that it is impossible to change the situation. Sharing our feelings can be hard. Friends, family, and mental health professionals are here to help, and you can share, without fear. Speaking freely with others, including peers and counselors can help. They can offer important resources. There is a strong support system of people ready to listen and help.
There is no shame in sharing. If you are in crisis, call 988. For crisis care information in Alabama, visit https://mh.alabama.gov/crisis-centers/. For mental health providers in your area, visit https://mh.alabama.gov/providers-search/. Learn more about Suicide Prevention partners in Alabama at https://sprc.org/state/alabama/ and https://afsp.org/chapter/alabama.