National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Resources:
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most.
For the month of September, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message to the public is #BeThe1To for the purpose of highlighting the actions we can all take to prevent suicide.
Ask: Research indicates that people who have thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks them in a caring and direct manner. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.
Be There: Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.
Keep Them Safe: When lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates overall decline.
Help Them Stay Connected: Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.
Follow Up: Supportive ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services.
Warning Signs from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recognizes the importance of being there for each other regardless of distancing during COVID-19.
“There are simple things we can all do to safeguard our mental health, and you don’t have to do it alone. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to advocating for smart suicide prevention legislation, to having a #RealConvo about your own or others’ mental health, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives. Together, we #KeepGoing.”
Below is a chart from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of suicide warning signs to flag.