September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
During September, which marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, it serves as a poignant reminder that each of us can make an impact and extend assistance to those facing crisis.
Suicide should never be considered an option. If you’re experiencing sadness or overwhelming emotions, please remember that there are individuals who genuinely care about your well-being.
Whether you’re going through a tough time, or you know someone who is, please be aware that help is readily available with just a call, text, or chat through 988 Lifeline. You are important, and there are individuals eager to provide support.
We Can All Help Prevent Suicide
Below are wonderful tips from the 998 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The 988 Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope.
Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.
Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful by after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.
Keep Them Safe
A number of studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently suicide rates overall decline.
Help Them Stay Connected
Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.
Studies have also shown that brief, low cost intervention and supportive, ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat at www.988lifeline.org