While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) provides a dedicated time to promote awareness and prevention strategies and to break down the stigma of mental illness.
Mental health remains misunderstood and discussed by few, but Head Coach Ryan Martin opened up about his recent experience with suicide. Coach Martin lost his younger sister, Sydney Martin, to suicide on June 28, 2022.
At only 26 years old, Sydney’s tragic passing continues to spark the conversation surrounding mental health issues among young adults. As Head Coach of Loudoun United FC, Martin looks to share his story and message to those that are struggling.
Hear Ryan Martin’s story:
If you think you or someone you know is at risk, trained counselors with the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could help you work through any signs you’re experiencing or seeing. To increase its accessibility, every state began rolling out 988 as the new lifeline on July 16. The previous number, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.