This November: National Stress Awareness & International Survivors of Suicide Loss

Chronic stress can lead to life-threatening problems. From hypertension, heart diseases, decreased immunity, loss of sociability, and decreased mental vitality. Stress is not to be taken lightly. The first Wednesday in November is National Stress Awareness Day—November 2—with a weeklong observance lasting November 7-11. The remembrance aims to increase public awareness and help people recognize, manage, and reduce stress in their personal and professional lives. Led by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), this website provides information for people to monitor stress management, look after their health and well-being, and improve their workplace performance on a day-to-day basis.

Saturday, November 19, is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a time for survivors of suicide loss to come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experiences. Organizations like American Federation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and others are working to build a smart culture about mental health through education and community programs, research and advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide. For more information, the District’s local chapter of AFSP has resources to help.

More information for anyone feeling anxious, depressed, or wanting to talk about their mental health before it becomes a crisis: