This month marks suicide prevention month, a time where everyone comes together to spread awareness about the suicide crisis as well as share ways to prevent such tragedies from happening. So, here are some ways you can help out this month!
How to take Action
Learn the warning signs of Suicide
Suicide is a complex issue that issue that can sometimes seem straightforward, but other times not so much. So, it is important to know the warning signs of suicide to protect those around you.
Here are some signs:
Talking about death or wanting to die
Distancing themselves from family, friends, people they like to hangout with, and activities they usually enjoy doing (note: in terms of family or friends, this could mean saying goodbye to them or even giving away their possessions; one very important factor could be arranging a will which people generally do during their older years or if they are suffering from a possibly tragic illness; this could be a sign that they are planning to die soon)
Thinking that they are a burden
Feeling that there is no escape to their suffering
Doing dangerous things that could potentially lead to death such as using drugs/alcohol recklessly or driving at fast speeds
Trying to get their hands on dangerous weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
Showing severe mood swings
Speaking of taking revenge
These are just a couple of signs that you may see in your friends, family, or anyone in general. However, if you at all feel that something is off about someone, please contact a trusted adult such as a school counselor, trusted parent guardian or family member, etc
Learn about ways to reduce suicide
Suicide is an ongoing crisis that is effecting every corner of the community. Thus, it is prime time we learn how to reduce suicide, that to in an efficient manner.
Creating and spreading word about mental health organizations and suicide hotlines
Talking more openly about suicide and why it is important to know about it
Enacting stricter gun laws or preventing the wide accessibility of weapons, alcohol, drugs, etc.
Normalizing talk about our feelings
Stop bullying and stand up for victims
Be more acceptive of groups like members of the LGBTQ+ community and other groups that are more prone to suicide
Learn how to help someone struggling with suicide
Whether it’s your friends your family, learning how to help those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts or illnesses that can lead to suicide will help greatly in this crisis.
When someone shares their suicidal feelings with you, you should reassure them that this was the correct decision as that person is probably feeling unsure about telling you their feelings
Listen to them and make sure you are not dominating the conversion; allow for them to speak and address their feelings
Support them and reassure them that they are not alone in this
Encourage them to keep on talking
If they are indeed contemplating suicide, then suggest them to seek professional help
These are some ways that you can help out during Suicide Prevention Month!