Do you have a few moments to potentially save a life? September 9th-15th, 2018 is the National Suicide Prevention Week! What does that mean? That means this week is a focus on starting a conversation and bringing awareness about suicide prevention and warning signs. Suicide is a serious issue and knows no boundaries. It is a permanent solution to often times a temporary problem.
• Signs to look for are often: significant changes in behavior; often withdrawal, changes in activity level, increased anxiety, restlessness, agitation, and/or lack of sleep.
• How can you help? Be available, be a good listener and don’t be judgmental, have empathy not sympathy. Be genuine and reassuring that they are important to you. Reassurance is comforting like a blanket of words that wraps you inside and can warm your heart.
5 steps from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Director Dr. John Draper are:
1. Ask- find out if the person has thought of killing themselves, its not taboo, get past the stigma
2. Keep them safe- if they answer yes, seek immediate help from professionals; crisis mobile teams, counselors, if it involves a weapon call 911 immediately!
3. Be there- be there for them, sometimes one person makes all the difference in the world and you don’t have to go through this alone; I am going to be here
4. Help them connect- support system; family, friends, counselors, mental health staff, clergy, etc. “circle of support” so its not just the two of you.
5. Follow up- don’t just disappear, continue the conversation and watch for warning signs. Someone who has attempted suicide can be at risk of another attempt
National hotline 1-800-273-talk (8255)
or you can text the crisis text line by texting the word “TALK” to 741-741
#BeThe1To save a life