Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
September 10, 2021
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 5-11, 2021 is National Suicide Prevention Week, with September 10th being World Suicide Prevention Day. There is generally no “one cause” for suicide. It is multi-factorial or a combination of various biological, psychological, and social risks.

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable, and there are many national, state, and local efforts to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. By recognizing the signs and symptoms of potential suicide victims, intervention can occur before a person harms themselves. Resources that may be useful for judges and attorneys to reference and share with their communities, colleagues, and clients are listed below:

By bringing awareness to mental health and suicide prevention and utilizing some of the resources above, judges and attorneys can help strengthen suicide prevention efforts in their communities well beyond the courtroom.
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