Suicide Prevention Day: 4 Ways You Can Help
This week, on September 10th, Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated. According to IASP, one in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. We want to raise awareness and help you understand mental health, know and detect the warning signs, and how to help a person dealing with suicidal thoughts.
Understand Mental Health
One of the first things we need to do to change the discourse around suicide is to understand mental health and why it’s so important. Depression is not exclusive to a sector of our society, some risk factors can lead to depression, but it’s not exclusive to them.
Mental health issues, like depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and more, should be discussed openly and without judgment. These issues can make a person feel weak, confused, and frightened, but this can change if we open ourselves to these conversations and make them feel safe.
See the end of this article for great resources.
You don’t need to wait to see the signs to reach out. We live in a fast-paced society where everything feels urgent, but try to set a time for you to reach out to your friends. Ask them how they are. Let them know you care and that you are there for them.
Help Them Find Help
There are many resources to get help from, but taking the steps to get that help can be difficult. It’s not only about connecting them with a hotline or a psychiatrist; we need to help them build a support system, a family member, a help group, or friends. As human beings, we thrive when we are a part of a community, so helping them build a support system is crucial and will give them the motivation to keep trying.
After the crisis, continue to follow up on them, it will show them that you care and that their life matters.
Helping someone through a suicide crisis is hard, and we recommend you get support for yourself as well.