Did you know we can all make a difference in helping to prevent suicide? Today, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I am hoping you will join me in helping to prevent future suicides. By educating ourselves and spreading the word we will make a difference.
Suicide hits close to home for me from many different angles. The loss of someone to suicide is devastating and painful. Even when we try our best sometimes, we are not successful in preventing suicide. My prayers and heart go out to those of you suffering this particular loss.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a message for us on how we can do our part to reduce suicide. Please take some time this week to learn how the 5 action steps can help. Click here for more information.
Five Action Steps to Help Prevent Suicide:
Ask – Be brave and ask them directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
Keep them safe – Be sure to keep them away from something they could use to hurt themselves.
Be There – Listen carefully to their responses. Find out what is causing their pain.
Help them Connect – Connect them to the people who will be able to help. The suicide hotline number is 800-273-TAlK (8255). This hotline is not just for the one who is having thoughts of suicide. If you are concerned about someone – you can call too.
Follow up – Staying connected to this person can make all the difference in the world. Do check on them on a regular basis and spend time together.
Do you know?
The Suicide Risk Factors – click here.
The Warning Signs – click here.
Together we can all make a difference in helping to prevent suicide. Yes, of course, it can be scary to get involved, but please take the time to educate yourself and get involved.
You just might be the one to save a life, and every life is worth saving.
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