From family to friends to neighbors, everyone can play a role in preventing suicide. It is a growing public health problem that affects individuals of all ages and can have a far-reaching impact on the lives of loved ones. During National Suicide Prevention Month, learn how you can be supportive of someone in crisis.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in America today. Whether you know it or not, there is likely to be someone in your life who is struggling with mental health issues.
If you have concerns about a family member, friend, or neighbor, there are several ways you can assist with suicide prevention, even if you are not a mental health professional.
Communicating with someone who is in crisis can make a big difference.
Active listening is another highly recommended suicide prevention strategy.
Sometimes, just being supportive to someone with a mental health condition is the best way to help.
By staying in touch, you can share your ongoing support and help them feel connected.
If you are concerned about someone in your life, it’s important to know where you can reach out for professional support if need be.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number to call is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This call line is free and confidential. You will be connected to a trained counselor in your area.