Wednesday, 20 September 2017

5 Ways You Can Help For Suicide Prevention Month

This month, September is national suicide prevention month, which means one thing: awareness. We need to raise awareness, especially of ways that you can help. This blog post is going to suggest 5 ways which you can help.

Number 1: Talk about suicide, say the 'S' word. Yes, saying it can be extremely uncomfortable, but if we dont learn to use the word more comfortably in our every day conversations then we will never remove the stigma and be able to talk about it with those who are really struggling. HOWEVER, do not use this in negative terms, i.e. to talk about those who have died by suicide, only to raise awareness of the signs that someone is suicidal ect.

Number 2: Ask someone if they are okay and mean it. Ask them questions if you dont quite believe them, about their day, week, how their family are ect, your questions could be a lifeline for them, enabling them to talk. However, respect their wishes if they state that they do not want to talk about it. In response to this, you should let them know that you are there for them if they need you at any point.

Number 3: Dont make jokes about suicide at all. Jokes regarding suicide should never be tolerated, ever. Its not funny and never will be. You never really know who is struggling and if you make one joke about suicide and someone suicidal hears it, you are only going to make them feel a million times worse. Stop yourself and stop others.

Number 4: Be mindful of your language around anyone, especially those who you know are struggling. Saying 'I am going to kill myself,' or 'I want to die,' jokingly around those who genuinely feel like this is only going to trigger them and make them feel a million times worse. However, if you also do feel like that and you were trying to open up, try talking to a family member or close friend about it, if not, talk to a doctor.

Number 5: Spread about helplines/websites for people in a crisis, so if they feel like they are able to reach out for help, they have options if they dont wish to talk to someone they know. A few will be listed below.

Call Samaritans: 116 123. They offer a 24 hour service available every day of the year.
Email Samaritans: if you arent comfortable with talking on the phone. 
Call Childline: 0800 1111. This is a service for children and young people which is completely free and the number wont show up on your phone bill.
1-2-1 chat on Childline: go to their website, log in and enter chat. A childline counsellor will connect to you soon after. There is also a hide bar which you can click if a parent or someone enters the room and it takes you to google so they dont know what you are doing.
Life Threatening Emergencies (USA): 911
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: text 'HOME' to 741-741
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

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