The 20th Annual Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
For the twentieth consecutive year, Teen Lifeline has applied to the Governor of the State of Arizona to have the month of September proclaimed Teen Suicide Prevention Month (TSPA), which coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day.
During one day throughout the month of September, various local organizations will visit schools around the Valley to provide suicide prevention and teenage mental health awareness, including area resources for students. TSPA has been modeled from the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action, a national publication outlining a strategic approach to suicide prevention. Rest assured that this event is part of a national strategy recommended by agencies such as the CDC, NIH, and the US Public Health Service.
The event includes a community rally at Tempe Marketplace. Teen Lifeline and various agencies come together to provide youth and adults with knowledge of the signs of suicide, risk factors, healthy coping skills, and resources available to them in the community.
Additionally, we work with schools across Arizona on our annual Chains of Hope project to create a long paper link chain with messages of hope written on each link by teens, for teens. This acts as a visual representation of the connections of hope all around us in our schools and in our community. In its inaugural year 2019, we wrapped the nearly 13,000-link Chain of Hope around the Arizona Capitol Building.
If you have any questions about Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Month contact Dana Hatcher, Crisis Services Associate, at 602-248-8337 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Any media inquiries, please contact email@example.com.