ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and officials are raising concerns about an increase in the number of suicides in the last year.

According to Albemarle County, there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of people who have died by suicide in the last 12 months.

Over the last three years, suicides have increased by 80 percent in the county.

As part of the awareness month, local and state officials are encouraging people to reach out and offering information on various resources that are available to people considering suicide.

For example, the Virginia Department of Education compiled resources for youth, parents, school staff, teachers and administrators.

There are several signs that may mean the risk a person will attempt suicide has increased.

Sometimes, such signs can be related to a painful event, loss or change.

Such signs could include a person talking about being a burden to others, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain, experiencing changes in sleeping patterns, withdrawing from friends and family, or displaying extreme mood swings.

If looking for help, people can call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, contact Region Ten, or get support from NAMI Blue Ridge and various other resources.