Every year, countless people suffer from mental health disorders that lead them to suicide. However, it is something that we can all help to prevent in the future.
Suicide Prevention Week runs from September 8th-14th.
It is important to remember we should be looking out for others at all times of the year, not just in September. Make sure you can recognize suicidal behavior so you can help that person immediately.
What can you do to help someone who is struggling?
Talk to Them
The first and most important thing to do is to talk to the person who you think is suffering. Spend some time with them, and encourage them to take a walk with you, or go for a coffee. Find out exactly what is wrong, and just keep them talking about anything.
It could be about the weather, or it could be about their mental struggles. A person with depression often feels alone and isolated, being there for them will help.
Get Professional Help
If you are in a situation where someone is in a crisis situation, get professional help immediately, even if it involves calling the emergency services. They are trained to deal with these situations, can try to talk the person out of harming themselves, and get them the treatment they need.
If the situation isn’t at a crisis level, then consider talking about seeking treatment. Treatment centers are a great way for people suffering from mental health conditions to relax, recuperate, deal with their thoughts, and recover. They will be looked after by a specialist team of doctors, nurses, and psychologists.
Support Them After
If your friend or family member seeks treatment, ensure you are there to support them as much, or as little, as they like. It’s different for everyone, as some people may want you involved, other people need to do it alone. You can also go to counseling with them, or on your own, to find out how you can best support that person through their recovery.
Don’t forget to be there after they have completed their treatment. Mental health conditions are often for life, and that person will have to manage their condition and emotions forever.
How to Get Involved in Suicide Prevent Week
This week is mostly about raising awareness. Share posts on social media and ensure you get involved with your local treatment center. Use the hashtags #SuicidePrevention and #StigmaFree when you share posts on social media.
Many charities will be raising money during the week also. Most importantly, start a conversation with your family and friends. Make sure they know how loved and valued they are, and that you are there to help them if they need it.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Saves Lives
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always there for people who are struggling with their thoughts, and can be contacted at 800-273-8255. They also have a chat option if you don’t want to speak to someone on the phone.
As a friend, family member, or co-worker, be supportive and aware of other people’s emotions. Always seek professional help if you know someone at risk of suicide.
For more information on getting help, contact us.