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Suicide is Preventable. Catholic Charities Can Help.

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Suicide is Preventable. Catholic Charities Can Help.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Every 13 minutes, someone completes suicide making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Millions of Americans are directly affected by the more than 44,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made by friends or loved ones each year (source: AFSP). Suicide is preventable and help is readily available to anyone.

“Suicidal thoughts are often a sign of depression. Depression is treatable, and suicidal behavior is preventable with proper care. It is imperative to get support and reach out to others when feeling isolated, sad, and lonely,” said Joan Huss, MA, LIMHP, LADC, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Catholic Charities. “It is important to know that you are not alone, and you don’t have to suffer in silence. Help is available and just a phone call away.”

Due to the mental health impacts of COVID–19, Catholic Charities has experienced a spike in requests for the agency’s Behavioral Health Services from individuals and families in need of support during these uncertain times. Through Catholic Charities’ Behavioral Health Services, the organization provides life-changing, and sometimes life-saving, mental health services to children, adults and families. Services include Outpatient Therapy and a School Mental Health Program, both grounded in Catholic values and social teaching. 

Outpatient Therapy Services provide private and confidential interventions to individuals of all ages in need of professional guidance concerning marriage and family issues, mental health problems, and substance misuse. The School Mental Health Program offers mental health services for school-aged students in a number of metro-area Catholic schools. This Program reaches students every day by providing the support needed to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhance areas of social competency, and improve behavioral and emotional functioning.

Everyone can help prevent suicide. If a friend or loved one talks or behaves in a way that makes you believe he or she might attempt suicide, seek help from a trained professional quickly. Get in touch with a suicide hotline number such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). If you would like to schedule an appointment with a Catholic Charities therapist, please contact 531.213.7396.
About Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of our community, serving over 100,000 people in need every year regardless of race, religion, creed, or socioeconomic status. Since 1926, Catholic Charities has had a rich tradition of serving and advocating for the voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused, and forgotten individuals and families throughout the Omaha Archdiocese’s 23 counties. With the help of our generous donors and supporters, we are touching lives, changing lives, and even saving lives, every day. THAT’S THE POWER OF COMMUNITY! For more information on Catholic Charities, visit

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Phone: 402.680.1038