Each year, nearly 800,000 people worldwide end their lives by suicide. While it can be uncomfortable and even scary to discuss the topic, it’s critical that we make suicide part of the mainstream conversation. Talking about suicide can help raise awareness, reduce stigma, let people who are struggling know they’re not alone, and ultimately help prevent deaths of despair.
In support of National Suicide Prevention Week, which takes place from September 5 to 11, here are seven Instagram accounts to follow for suicide prevention and awareness resources—plus, stories of resilience. We hope these accounts will help empower you with information and contribute to a sense of optimism this week and beyond.
1. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (@afspnational)