PROCLAMATION - Suicide Prevention Month and Day

WHEREAS suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Washingtom State; and

WHEREAS suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States

WHEREAS, it is estimated that over 3,699 hospitalizations in Washington were linked to intentional self-harm, including suicide attempts; and

WHEREAS, the number of people in Washington that died by suicide in 2022 is 1,234

WHEREAS, in 2022, 267 veterans and military personnel died by suicide in Washington State; and

WHEREAS, American Indian and Alaska Native communities in Washington had higher rates of suicide than all other racial and ethnic groups in the state; and

WHEREAS, suicide was the 2nd leading cause of deaths among youth 15-24 years old; and

WHEREAS, suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed the current coping abilities of someone

living with a mental health condition; and

WHEREAS, many people who died by suicide did not receive effective behavioral health services

due to the difficulties associated with accessing services by healthcare providers trained in best practices

to reduce suicide risk, prejudices and discrimination surrounding the use of behavioral health treatment; and

WHEREAS, while there is no single cause of suicide and no single suicide prevention program or

effort will be appropriate for all populations or communities, initiatives based on the goals detailed in the

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan to increase

access to quality mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention services will help prevent


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay lnslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim

September 2023 as

Suicide Prevention Month

and September 10, 2023, as

Suicide Prevention Day

in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this important observance.

2023 Suicide Prevention Month and Day Proclamation

Suicide Prevention Month and Day Proclamation