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WATCH Preventing Suicide: Breaking the Silence

Suicide is considered a whispered word. But those who have attempted it - and their friends and relatives - are sharing their stories to heal and help others in crisis. Watch our full-length digital documentary.

 

Why Talking About Suicide May Be Our Best Hope for Stopping Suicide

Suicide and suicide attempts are happening in our communities every day. It's an issue that people have a hard time talking about. But experts, survivors and advocates say talking about suicide is key to saying lives.

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In Their Own Words

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About this series

We talk about suicide all the time: a turn of phrase here; a hushed conversation there; the obituary that omits the manner of death. But as a community, we avoid talking about the issue directly and openly. We do this despite the fact that more than 1.1 million Americans attempt to take their lives every year. It’s not something we should tolerate.

For the past six months, NBC10 and Telemundo62 journalists have been speaking with the very people who know the realities of suicide -- attempt survivors, loss survivors, experts and activists -- to learn what is causing the steady increase in suicide attempts and deaths and what needs to happen to reverse it.

This Digital Exclusive special report is the culmination of our extensive research and reporting. We’re breaking our silence around suicide and, now, let us show you why you should break yours.

Break the Silence

Add your voice to the growing movement around suicide prevention. Pay tribute to those we’ve lost and recognize those with lived experience.


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Resources

There are dedicated people here to help you or someone in crisis avoid suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line
Text ‘Home’ to 741741

The Trevor Project
866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline
877-565-8860

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Association of Suicidology

Healthy Minds Philly

Mental Health Screening Tool

Means Matter

Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
888-628-9454

Centro de Crisis Para Prevenir el Suicidio de Filadelfia (24 h/7 días)
215-686-4420

Calma - una aplicación para prevenir el suicidio

Live Through This

Kyle Ambrogi Foundation