Everything You Need for Suicide Prevention Week 2017
Suicide Prevention Week is quickly approaching, and it is the perfect time to join the individuals and organizations around the world who will raise awareness and spread the message that suicide can be prevented. You can show your support for those who have been affected by suicide as well as promote suicide prevention by learning the warning signs and how to start a conversation at www.SuicideIsPreventable.org.
Each Mind Matters has a brand new toolkit filled with resources and ideas to help you make the most of the week as you spread the word about mental health awareness and suicide prevention in your community. Check out a few of the activities below and don’t forget to tag @EachMindMatters on social media.
Light a Candle
This year, World Suicide Prevention Day marks its 15th anniversary and will kick off Suicide Prevention Week on September 10. To show your support for those who have died by suicide and for survivors of suicide, light a candle near a window in your home at 8 p.m. (local time). To invite friends, family and colleagues to join you, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has ecards in several languages available for download on its website.
Start the Conversation Over Coffee
Are you a regular at your neighborhood coffee shop? Ask them to use the Know the Signs coffee sleeves and coasters as a way to encourage other customers to learn the warning signs of suicide as they are enjoying their daily cup of joe. You can find these at the Each Mind Matters store, and you can view the activity tip sheet to learn how to get started.
Post Your Support
This year, Each Mind Matters has a huge supply of social media images for you to post all week long. We are integrating two national campaigns during Suicide Prevention Week: #BeThe1To and Take 5 To Save Lives.
#BeThe1To encourages each and every person to be the one to save someone’s life. Their website has several pre-drafted posts for Facebook and Twitter, weekly Twitter chats and customizable graphic kits. Visit their Join the Movement page to build your own campaign.
Take 5 To Save Lives challenges you to take five steps toward preventing suicide: Learn the Signs, Do Your Part, Practice Self-Care, Reach Out and Spread the Word. Visit Take5ToSaveLives.org to learn more about these steps and check out their toolkit for social media content, posters and more.
As always, follow Each Mind Matters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for tips and posts that you can share with your followers. The Each Mind Matters Suicide Prevention Week 2017 toolkit has several new social media images and pre-written posts ready to go. If you would like some guidance for creating your own content, view the Know the Signs guidelines for posting about suicide prevention on social media.
Men in the Middle Years
Data tells us that middle-aged and older adults die by suicide at higher rates and in larger numbers than youth. Although men in the middle years (MIMY)—that is, men 35–64 years of age—represent 19 percent of the population of the United States, they account for 40 percent of the suicides in this country.
Remember to share your suicide prevention activities with us throughout the week using the hashtag #EachMindMatters on social media. We may even share your ideas with the Each Mind Matters community!
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