MAKE A DIFFERENCE: SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK
September 9-15 is National Suicide Prevention Week, and we feel like it would be a shame if we didn't blog about it. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and early this year it was determined that suicide rates have increased 30% over the last decade. It's hard to understand and imagine the pain an individual must be going through to want to take their own life. In fact, we're still in shock over losing Anthony Bourdain earlier this year. But we do know, that every person on this earth is loved and cherished and it's important that they know this. Today, we're sharing ways you can help prevent suicide and encourage you to join the #bethe1to movement!
1. REACH OUT TO A FRIEND
Haven't talked to a friend in a while? Reach out! Check in to see how life is going. Social isolation is a risk factor that can lead to suicide. If they live far away send them a card or a small package just to let them know you are thinking about them. A small act of kindness lets someone know that they are still very much valued and loved.
2. BE AWARE OF A CRISES
54% of people commit suicide following a crises (relationship issues, losing a job, etc.). If you know someone is going throw a rough time, reach out to them to let them know that they don't have to deal with their crises alone. You can share your story of making it through a tough time and show them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Ask them if there is anything they need help with or spend time with them to get their mind off their problem. Most importantly continue to follow-up and check-in!
3. LEARN THE SIGNS
We can't always tell when someone is struggling. What someone is thinking and feeling on the inside doesn't always match how they appear on the outside. However, there are some warning signs you can be aware of. For example, if you hear a friend talking about feeling like a burden to others or feeling hopeless when it comes to their life. You can read up on common signs here. A little bit of knowledge can mean potentially saving someone's life.
4. KNOW THE NUMBER
The number to the suicide prevention line probably sound's familiar if you listened to Logic's song on repeat and we have to commend him for making it the name of his song: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This is an important number for someone going through a crises. Share it on your social media because you never know who might need it.
This week take some time out to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Learn the signs of suicide and spend time some letting your friends and family know that they are loved and appreciated.