September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
If you notice any of the following signs, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right away at 1-800-273-TALK (8255):
Someone is seeking out ways to self-harm, such as obtaining a gun
Someone is talking about death or suicide
Someone is talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Help is Available 24/7
There is help available 24/7, 365 days a year. For immediate free, confidential support, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 741741. The Lifeline is open 24/7 to support you or someone you know in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress situation.
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454.
Options for deaf and hard of hearing: For TTY users, use your relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.
Break the Stigma of Suicide
According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 34, and it’s one of the leading areas of preventable death. It’s also suspected to go largely underreported in the United States.
There is a societal stigma around suicide, which makes it difficult for people to talk about it. Let’s work together to break the stigma. Talking about suicide in our society is necessary for education, to advocate for prevention, and to help save more lives from this preventable tragedy.
Often, embarrassment and shame about asking for help prevents people from seeking help. We understand, and we encourage you to reach out for assistance. You can even text the Suicide Prevention Lifeline for support by texting TALK to 741741.
Suicide is Preventable
Suicide is one of the leading preventable tragedies in the United States. Did you know that suicidal thoughts are often associated with mental health conditions that are treatable? If you know someone who is showing signs of suicide or speaking about ending their life, take that person seriously and encourage them to get help.
There are many ways to help, including:
Check up on them and remind them that you care
Ask them how they’re feeling and listen without judgment
Help them find a therapist and book an appointment
Take them to their appointment
Many mental health professionals specialize in working with people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, signs of suicide, or who are grieving the loss of someone who has committed suicide.
It can be difficult to reach out for help, and often times people will confide in friends and family before they reach out to a mental health professional. If someone has reached out to you with suicidal thoughts or concerns, you can assist them to get help from a licensed mental health professional.
Know the Signs of Suicide
Knowing the signs of suicide is the first step to prevention. While pain and suicidal thoughts aren’t always obvious, there are some signs to watch out for, including:
Giving away possessions
Putting affairs in order
Sudden mood changes or extreme mood swings
Talking about being a burden to others, feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Withdrawing or feeling isolated
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Talking about feeling trapped or in unmanageable pain
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
(sources: suicideispreventable.org and mentalhealth.gov)
Have You Lost Someone to Suicide?
Are you coping with the loss of a loved one?
Coping with the confusion, grief, and feelings of guilt after losing someone close to you is devastating. You don’t have to cope alone.
Common feelings are confusion over what happened and guilt over whether or not you could have done something differently. Know that there are people who want to help and support you on your road to healing.
Getting support in life is crucial to our wellbeing. Support helps you to express yourself and begin to heal from loss and tragedies in life. Reach out to family and friends, join a support group in your area, or reconnect with your faith or group activities.
You can also speak to a trained mental health professional who will support you on your journey to healing. Please know that professionals are available to support you with all of your feelings, no matter what they may be.
We’re here to walk with you on your journey to healing and provide the support and resources you need to live a happy, healthy life. We invite you to call or text today at 502-385-4151.