World Suicide Prevention Day, an Opportunity to Get Involved
This week people in California and across the globe have been observing Suicide Prevention Week – an opportunity to come together to spread awareness about the warning signs of suicide and offer support to those who have lost someone to suicide. With this year’s theme, Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives, it’s a reminder to us all to learn to recognize the warning signs, how to offer support to someone we care about, and we all have the power to save a life.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Join the global community to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide by lighting a candle near a window at 8 p.m. (local time). You can also post a photo of a candle on your social media pages and encourage others to do the same. Use #EachMindMatters and #SuicideIsPreventable to show your support for the mental health movement.
Each Mind Matters’ suicide prevention expert Stan P. Collins recently penned “Everyone Can Help Prevent Suicide” to bring awareness of the role everyone can play. Collins shared these tips:
Everyone can know the signs, find the words and reach out to identify and support those who might be thinking about suicide. Get the info and tools you need at SuicideIsPreventable.org and follow these tips to be there for someone who is going through a tough time.
• Reduce pain: Spend time with loved ones, listen to them, distract them, and divert their attention away from the pain.
• Increase hope: Let them know you are there for them, get them to smile, make them laugh, help them to remember that they didn’t always feel this way and there is a good chance that they will feel better again someday.
• Improve connection: Take their calls, pick up the phone and call them, stop by to say hello, ask them to join you for a walk, invite them to dinner, let them know how important it is that they are in your life.
• Reduce capacity: Reduce access to lethal means, help to remove harmful items from their home, invite them to stay with you until they feel better or whenever they don’t want to be alone, ask them to call whenever they feel like no one is listening.
To learn more ways you can get involved with suicide prevention, click here.