HomeHealthAltaPointe Health recognizes Suicide Prevention Month by shedding light on a dark issueAltaPointe Health recognizes Suicide Prevention Month by shedding light on a dark issueMon, September 25, 2023 by SylacaugaNews.com Digital TeamSHARE NOW SYLACAUGA, Ala. – In a world often bustling with daily life’s noise, there’s a silent epidemic claiming too many lives yearly—suicide. The United States has seen a 32 percent increase in suicide deaths in the past two decades, with over 41,000 recorded suicides in 2021.Suicide is a global issue, affecting all ages, races, and backgrounds. It demands attention, empathy, and action.September marks National Suicide Prevention Month which focuses on raising awareness on suicide prevention methods and the importance of mental health.“National Suicide Prevention Month is a great opportunity for us at AltaPointe Health to help educate the public about the warning signs of suicide, provide information about available resources, and promote open conversations about mental health and suicide prevention,” explained Ashley Blount, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) with AltaPointe. “Our mental and emotional health is just as important as our physical health for our overall well-being and ability to function in our daily lives.”Open conversations about mental health are crucial as they destigmatize these issues and promote timely help-seeking. Recognizing warning signs, like discussing thoughts of death or withdrawing, can be life-saving.If you or someone you know struggles with suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately by dialing 988, the 24/7, free, and confidential 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.For local resources, turn to AltaPointe Health in Sylacauga, offering comprehensive mental healthcare services at (256) 245-2201.