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9 Sep

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day 

Today we are reminded that we all have a role to play in suicide prevention. #BeThe1To make a difference; stepping forward and reaching out can help save lives.

 

If you think someone might be considering suicide, there are 5 steps that you can take:  

1. Ask  – If you think someone might be considering suicide, take the first step and ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”

2. Keep them safeIf you ask someone if they are thinking about suicide and they say yes, the second step is to keep them safe. Separate them from anything they are thinking of using to hurt themselves.

3. Be thereListen without judgement. Let the person talk without interruption and make them feel heard. Respond with kindness and care. Always take the person seriously.

4. Help them connect to resourcesRemember that help is available, and recovery is possible. Help them build a support system, including 800-273-TALK (8255), family, friends, clergy, coaches, co-workers or therapists.

5. Follow up Don’t forget to take the last step and follow up with them. Supporting their transition from crisis to recovery can make all the difference. 

Visit Take 5 to Save Lives for additional guidelines. 

 

What can you do?   

 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) and online chat provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. 

Together, we are changing the conversation about suicide by countering myths and fears with information and action steps everyone can take. We all have a role to play in suicide prevention, not only during the month of September but all year long.

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