Finding hope and raising awareness during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and recognize that suicide prevention works, help is available, and recovery is possible.
Suicide has warning signs, and I encourage you to take the time to learn them. Connecting to help for yourself, a loved one, or a colleague can make the world of difference. Effective and compassionate resources are available, 24 hours a day, and many people have found hope and support through them:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Making Life Easier: Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-888-874-7290 (for King County employees and their families). Making Life Easier has counselors available 24/7 and can help in a crisis as well as get you or anyone living in your home set up with counseling (8 free sessions).
- Crisis Connections: 24 hour crisis line: 866-4CRISIS (427-4747).
- Crisis Text Line: Text trained crisis counselors about anything that’s on your mind. Free, 24/7 and confidential. Text “HOME to 741741,
- For immediate crises, call 911 right away.
You can also learn more and get additional information at:
By taking the time to learn the warning signs and how to get support, we can all help someone in crisis.
Chief People Officer
King County Executive Office