Raise Awareness During Suicide Prevention Week
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week is September 5-11, with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. This year’s theme is Connect. Communicate. Care. In the spirit of this new theme, let’s all come together to raise awareness in our community and offer support to those in need. Each Mind Matters has gathered ideas on ways you can get involved in Suicide Prevention Week. Check it out!
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
Lime green is the official color of mental health awareness. Visit the Each Mind Matters store to find cool t-shirts, wristbands, pins and more. Wear your lime green proudly all week to show that you support mental health awareness. Remember to post photos with your new gear and tag Each Mind Matters!
Follow Each Mind Matters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for content that you can share with your network to start a conversation about suicide prevention. Remember to use the hashtags #EachMindMatters and #KnowTheSigns in your own messages of support.
Update your social media profile page and download the Know the Signs Twibbon here to promote suicide prevention to all of your followers.
Light a Candle
Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day and we encourage everyone to light a candle near a window at 8 p.m. (local time). Join many across the globe to remember lost loved ones, survivors of suicide and show your support for suicide prevention.
Use the Toolkit
Each Mind Matters has a 2016 Suicide Prevention Week toolkit with ideas and new resources to help you spread the word in your community. This free toolkit includes infographics, fact sheets and sample social media posts to make it easy for you to participate in this year’s Suicide Prevention Week.
For related content: It’s time to plan for Suicide Prevention Week!