HOW CAN YOU BE AN ADVOCATE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION?
Published: September 7, 2018
Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10-24?* Suicide is a tough subject, and it can sometimes be really hard to talk about. Oftentimes, young people think it may be embarrassing to talk about, or maybe a little scary. So, what can we do to make sure we are talking about suicide prevention to help ourselves, as well as those around us? Talk about it, be a friend, or if you are struggling, find someone you trust to talk to!
It is inevitable that at some point in our life we feel down or even defeated by the struggles we face, the important thing to remember is that these moments are fleeting. Yes, sometimes it may feel like it is impossible to deal with. It’s these moments that you need to talk to someone about the stress you are feeling, be a friend to someone who is struggling, or seek the proper help you may need. That help could be a long walk or a good chat with your friend, but we need to remember that for another person, it may be something different, like talking to a counselor or therapist. We all deal with things differently, and that is ok. Always remember that you are valued.
What are some conversations starters that you can use if you think someone is thinking about suicide?
- Hey, you haven’t been yourself lately, is there anything you would like to talk about?
- I want you to know that I am always here if you ever need to talk.
- Hey, I know this may be tough to talk about, but is there anything going on that I can help you with?
If you, or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the free and confidential Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7. You can call whether or not you are thinking about suicide, even if you just need some emotional support or someone to express your feelings to.
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