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National Suicide Prevention Month

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Dear friends, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The National Institute of Mental Health reports there are more than 47,000 suicides annually in the United States. Yet there are steps we can take when we see someone in emotional pain: Ask what they are thinking, keep them safe, listen, help them connect to the suicide prevention hotline. Then stay connected with them. Most of all, pray fervently. Jesus will never allow us to face our perils alone. Sacred Scripture reminds that “the Lord your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” This month, if you sense a family member, a friend or anyone you know is struggling, reach out and offer compassion. Your simple phone call could make a world of difference.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021