Get Involved in Suicide Prevention Week
Sept. 7-13 marks Suicide Prevention Week. People in California and across the globe will come together to spread awareness about the warning signs of suicide and offer support to those who have lost someone to suicide. This year, the theme for suicide prevention week is Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives. Here are many ways you can get involved:
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Know the Signs. Find the Words. Reach Out. Pain isn’t always obvious. The warning signs for suicide manifest in different ways. Some signs are more critical, and may indicate an imminent danger. It’s up to us to learn to recognize the warning signs and how to offer support to someone we care about. Learn how you can help someone who may be at risk for suicide by visiting www.suicideispreventable.org.
Show Your Support: Never underestimate the power that you have to help save a life. We can all know the signs, find the words and reach out to identify and support those we love who might be thinking about suicide. Let others know that you know the signs by adding the “I Know the Signs” button to your profile pic on Twitter and Facebook. Just click here and following the simple steps: http://twibbon.com/support/know-the-signs. Be sure to use the hashtag #KnowtheSigns on any post about Suicide Prevention Week.
Share on Social: Sharing information and videos on your social media pages is an easy way to show your support and raise awareness. Follow Each Mind Matters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and like, comment on or share our content and/or link to these helpful suicide prevention blog posts from our experts:
Start Conversations: Everyone has a role to play when it comes to preventing suicides. This week, reach out to someone new and begin a conversation about suicide prevention. For example, ask local businesses to display a poster or your local fitness center to display buttons, ribbons and brochures. Campaign materials, which are available in English and Spanish, as well as Chinese, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, can be found here.
- Light a Candle: , Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. At 8 p.m. (local time) light a candle near a window to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide. You can also post a photo of a candle on your social media pages and encourage others to do the same.
Invite Young People to Direct Change: The Directing Change Program & Film Contest encourages young people to create 60-second films about suicide prevention or mental health. Encourage participation, host a local screening, or ask your local movie theater to screen films. For more information and to download films visit www.directingchange.org.
- Take Part in Local Events: Many communities host suicide prevention walks and events. By showing up, you demonstrate to people who have lost friends and family to suicide that their loved ones are not forgotten and their pain is recognized. Submit your Suicide Prevention Week event on the Each Mind Matters events page: www.eachmindmatters.org/events. Find local activities by contacting your local county mental health department or visiting the Each Mind Matters events page: www.eachmindmatters.org/events.
Host a Training:Suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings provide people with the skills to assist individuals in an emotional crisis. Get trained yourself or offer a training at your organization. Trainings range from one-hour events such as Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) to more involved trainings such as safeTALK or ASIST. Contact your local county mental health department or email [email protected] for safeTALK or ASIST trainings in your area.
Join California’s Mental Health Movement! Each Mind Matters believes that suicide prevention matters. Wearing a lime green ribbon or a Know the Signs button is a great way to open an honest dialogue with friends, family, classmates and co-workers about mental health and how they are feeling. To order ribbons or buttons, visit the Each Mind Matters Shop.
To help you show your support for the mental health movement, Each Mind Matters is offering a special discount on lime green apparel, promotional items and educational resources in the Each Mind Matters Shop in observance of Suicide Prevention Week. Enter code SPWeek2015 at checkout to receive a 20% discount. (Excludes orders on the 50-pack of lime green ribbons). Offer expires 11:59 p.m. PT on 9/13/15.