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September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We have a special guest writer on the blog today, Shanta Atkinson. Atkinson is a Buckner Family Pathways™ counselor in Houston, Texas. 

Suicide is often a stigmatized and taboo topic to discuss. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. 

Join the conversation and be mindful of the facts about suicide.

There is a new resource available nationwide. Dialing #988 will put callers in contact with support for mental health, substance abuse and suicide crises. This new number will allow people to quickly connect with support during a crisis, 24/7, no matter where they live.

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, financially or physically, there are resources available through the Buckner Family Hope Center™ programs to help provide education, support and long-term sufficiency. There are also resources available for single parents through the Buckner Family Pathways™ program. 

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