National Suicide Prevention day is September 10, and the month surrounding it are also a great time to increase awareness. Awareness can help people know how to support others, and can help decrease the negative stigma surrounding mental health issues.
What Can I Do?
The National Suicide Lifeline suggests step by step action based on research.
Ask - Research suggests that talking about suicidal feelings usually makes people feel better.
Be There - This is about listening without judgement and being present.
Keep Them Safe - If it's possible to remove means of self-harm it is best to do so.
Help Them Stay Connected - Help them connect to a support system of professionals and if possible friends and family.
Follow Up - Check in on them even after the crisis moment has passed. Studies show that brief but ongoing contact helps to decrease suicide rates even for those recently out of a treatment program.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Find a licensed therapist in your area through Psychology Today's website.
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