Help Change the Conversation on Suicide

Though a difficult subject, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tackles the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding suicide. With the help of 150 local crisis response centers, healthcare professionals, friends and family, we can change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention. You can be the difference! What is National Suicide Prevention Week?

National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) brings needed attention to the stigmas surrounding mental health, risk factors for committing suicide, and ways to safely support a person you suspect is having suicidal thoughts. Understanding the resources available and how to best protect yourself or someone else is the first step!

When is National Suicide Prevention Week?

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 9 – September 15, 2019 with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2019.

Remember! Suicide prevention and intervention happen all year, so stay informed and alert.

How can I help friends or loved ones?

According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, there’s several ways to support a person dealing with thoughts of suicide.

  1. Keep them safe. Remove any lethal means from their possession to limit threat.
  2. Be there. Listen without judgment.
  3. Help them stay connected. Introduce them to a network of resources.
  4. Follow up. Stay in contact with them, especially post-release from care services.
  5. Always learn more. Use BeThe1To.com to learn more about resources. 

How can I help myself?

There are always options available to help you cope. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline recommends the following:

  1. Find a therapist/support group. Speaking to someone will help.
  2. Build a supportive network. Find trusted friends or family to help you through a crisis.
  3. Use available resources. Lean on your support group & use online resources, too.
  4. Make a safety plan. Create a step-by-step plan to help you in moments of crisis.
  5. Always learn more. Learn ways to be more in tune with your individual needs.

You can be the difference for yourself or someone you love. To learn more, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline here.

If you or someone you love needs mental health support or counseling, ask your trusted primary care provider about Counseling Services at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

If there is an urgent need for medical attention, contact emergency services immediately!