Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business
September 1, 2020
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. During this month, individuals and organizations around the country and the world join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and to reach as many people as possible with the tools and resources to support themselves and those around them. Here are a few basic things you should know and that you can share with those around you:
Suicide can be prevented. Most of us have been touched by the tragedy of suicide. We may have lost someone close to us or been moved by the loss of someone we may have never met. When a suicide happens, those left behind often experience deep shock. Even if they knew the person was struggling, they may not have expected suicide would be the result. However, many people who find themselves in a suicide crisis can and do recover. Suicide can be prevented; you can help by taking the following actions:
- Know the Signs: Most people who are considering suicide show some warning signs or signals of their intentions. Learn to recognize these warning signs and how to respond to them by visiting the Prairie View website: https://prairieview.org/resources/blog/understanding-the-warning-signs-of-suicide.
- Find the Words: If you are concerned about someone, ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. This can be difficult to do, but being direct provides an opportunity for them to open up and talk about their distress and will not suggest the idea to them if they aren’t already thinking about it.
- Reach Out: You are not alone in this. Before having the conversation, become familiar with some suicide prevention resources to offer to the person you are concerned about.
Prevention works. Many people who feel suicidal don’t want to die. If they can get through the crisis, treatment works. There are programs and practices that have been specifically developed to support those who are in a suicide crisis.
Help is available. Prairie View offers a free, confidential, 24/7 mental health crisis line (800-362-0180). Call this number if you or a loved one is threatening self-harm, and a clinician will be available to speak to you.