September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day (#WDSP18), September 9-15 is National Suicide Prevention Week (#NSPW18), and the entire month of September is recognized as Suicide Prevention Month! Please join us in our collective effort with organizations around the globe to raise awareness for suicide prevention and the actions we all can take to #BeThe1To save a life.
During National Suicide Prevention Week, the Action Alliance and partners will be coming together to inform the public about the simple actions that can support someone in crisis and potentially help save a life. The Action Alliance is asking us all to step up to educate the public about the role anyone, anywhere can play to #BeThere there for someone who is struggling or in crisis.
The Action Alliance is leveraging the good work of existing campaigns (#BeThe1To, #BeThere, and Take 5 to Save Lives) that focus on the importance of being there for others.
Click on each of the campaigns below to find resources, sample messages, social media graphics, and more.
Social Media Actions and Messages:
Sign up for the Action Alliance Thunderclap campaign; this will schedule a post to social media on Sept 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day (#WSPD18).
Use the collective hashtag #BeThere when posting about being there for others who are struggling or in crisis.
Share #BeThe1To’s 5 action steps, resources, tips, and messages throughout National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond.
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Ideas for Action
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) created a frame you can use on your Facebook profile picture with the theme, Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business, for National Suicide Prevention Week 2018.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) created a two-page resource with information to help anyone, anywhere get involved in Suicide Prevention Month. It includes tips on how to take action in your community.
To Write Love on Her Arms' (TWLOHA) campaign for World Suicide Prevention Day is Tomorrow Needs You. All of the statistics shared during September are a sobering reminder of the work that needs to be done.
We are numbers. We can change the numbers.
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The following three should prompt you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or a mental health professional.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
Know the Facts
- Suicide is preventable. Most suicidal individuals want to live; they are just unable to see alternatives to their problems.
- Most suicidal individuals give definite warnings of their suicidal intentions.
- Talking about suicide does not cause someone to be suicidal.
- Approximately 41,100 Americans kill themselves every year. The number of suicide attempts is much greater,
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24, and it is the 10th leading cause of death among all persons.
- The suicide rate is higher among the elderly (over 65) than any other age group.
- 3.5 times as many men die by suicide as compared to women, yet three times as many women attempt suicide.
- Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries.
- Firearms are currently the most utilized method of suicide by essentially all groups (male, female, young, old, white, people of color).
- Surviving family members not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, they may themselves be at higher risk for suicide and emotional problems.
Ways to #BeThere for Someone in Crisis
- Be aware. Learn the warning signs.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Ask if he/she is thinking about suicide.
- Be direct. Talk openly and freely about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow for expression of feelings. Accept the Feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
- Don’t dare him/her to do it.
- Don’t give advice by making decisions for someone else to tell them to behave differently.
- Don’t ask ‘why’. This encourages defensiveness.
- Offer empathy, not sympathy.
- Don’t act shocked. This creates distance.
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available, do not offer glib reassurance; it only proves you don’t understand.
- Take action! Remove means! Get help from individuals or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
Elevate Stories of Lived Experience
People with lived experience are individuals who have experienced a suicide attempt, suicidal thoughts and feelings, or a suicide loss. When planning your suicide prevention efforts, be sure to solicit the unique perspectives of people with lived experience and engage them in prevention planning, treatment, and community education. Learn more about why elevating lived experience and stories of hope and recovery is important.>