About #BeThe1To

#BeThe1To logoThe National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline know it is possible to reduce deaths from suicide like we have reduced heart disease fatalities and other leading causes of death. We know that for every person who dies by suicide annually, there are another 278 people who have thought seriously about suicide who don’t kill themselves, and nearly 60 who have survived a suicide attempt, the overwhelming majority of whom will go on to live out their lives. These untold stories of hope and recovery are the stories of suicide prevention, stories which are informing the Lifeline and the Action Alliance’s efforts to prevent more suicides every day. We also know that we are not the only ones that are making a difference in preventing suicides.

#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for 2016’s National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope. Together, we can prevent suicide by learning to help ourselves, help others, seek consultation from trained providers (hotlines and clinicians) and to seek hospital care when necessary.

We know that there is something we can all do to prevent suicides. We know that these actions are things that people are doing every day to help themselves and others to get through their darkest moments. #BeThe1To show that people can take actions to help themselves and others to prevent suicide. Join us now.  

For more information, contact the Lifeline Communications team at communications@mhaofnyc.org. See the press release here.


About the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Lifeline logoEstablished in 2005 by the the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all, including innovative public messaging, best practices in mental health, and cutting-edge partnerships.


About the Mental Health Association of NYC

MHA_ColorThe Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) is a not-for-profit organization that addresses mental health needs in New York City and across the nation.

Through a three-part mission of service, advocacy and education, MHA-NYC works to identify unmet needs and develop culturally sensitive programs to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness while promoting the importance of mental health. Based in New York City, MHA-NYC has administered crisis hotlines and programs providing services to New York City and the entire United States, including: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the national Disaster Distress Helpline, the Veterans Crisis Line, and NYC Support.